Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2016

368 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474413725

Bookseller Code (06)

Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition

Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion

Philip F. Kennedy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature

According to Aristotle, a well-crafted recognition scene is one of the basic constituents of a successful narrative. It is the point when hidden facts and identities come to light. In this book Philip F. Kennedy shows how 'recognition' is key to an understanding of how one reads values and meaning into, or out of, a story. He analyses texts and motifs fundamental to the Arabic literary tradition in five case studies: the Qur'an; the biography of Muhammad; Joseph in classical and medieval re-tellings; the 'deliverance from adversity' genre and picaresque narratives.