Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2011

400 Pages

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9789774163906

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The Literary Life of Cairo

One Hundred Years in the Heart of the City

Samia Mehrez

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

Readings from literary works that re-construct a century of Cairo's changing social life.

Unlike The Literary Atlas of Cairo, which focuses on the literary geopolitics of the cityscape, this companion volume immerses the reader in the complex network of socioeconomic and cultural lives in the city. The seven chapters first introduce the reader to representations of some of Cairo's prominent profiles, both political and cultural, and their impact on the city's literary geography, before presenting a spectrum of readings of the city by its multiethnic, multinational, and multilingual writers across class, gender, and generation.