- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Modern Language Initiative; 1 edition (April 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823251713
- ISBN-13: 978-0823251711
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,448,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political 1st Edition
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“Trials of Arab Modernity offers a refreshing approach to the field of modern Arabic literature both in the scope of its argument and the richness of its interventions. The book not only
discusses the role of the ‘nahda,’ but it does so against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, new media, affect theory, and Arabic literary history."
In further deftly executed lexical manipulation, El-Ariss discovers for himself―and reveals for his readers―in Shidyaq's kashf nothing short of an exposé of "modernity as a disgusting work of art... (―International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies)
“. . . a sharp and witty reading of great warmth and appeal that brings the reader close to its subject without surrendering to hasty generalizations.” (―Muhsin al-Musawi Columbia University, author of Islam on the Street and The Postcolonial Arabic Novel)
Indeed, this celebration of 'unpredictable directions,'experimentation and further exploration concludes the work, challenging its reader to encounter ephemeral meaning and moments that slip away almost as soon as they appear. Instead of emphasizing new information of definitions, El-Ariss's study offers a glimpse into the experience of reading in-between, across, and alongside. (Katie Logan ―E3W Review of Books)
'Trials of Arab Modernity' is a groundbreaking analysis of modern Arabic literature traces from the 19th - century and early- 20th- century 'Nahda' ('the so-called Arab project of Enlightenment, or Renaissance') to contemporary cyber fiction. . .Highly recommended. (―Choice)
About the Author
Tarek El-Ariss is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas, Austin.