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Published: 15 April 2008

368 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9789774161025

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Transforming Loss into Beauty

Essays on Arabic Literature and Culture in Honor of Magda al-Nowaihi

Edited by Marlé Hammond and Dana Sajdi

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

The contributors to this wide-ranging work of scholarship and analysis include mentors, colleagues, friends, and students of the late Magda al-Nowaihi, an outstanding scholar of Middle East studies whose diverse interests and energy inspired numerous colleagues. The book's first part is devoted to Arabic elegy, the subject of an unfinished work by al-Nowaihi from which this volume takes its title. Included here is a previously unpublished lecture on elegy delivered by al- Nowaihi herself. Other contributors examine this poetic form in both classical and modern contexts, from a number of angles, including the partial feminization of the genre, making this volume perhaps the most comprehensive resource on the Arabic elegy available in English. The book's second half features essays relating to al-Nowaihi's other research interests, especially the modern Arabic novel and its transgressive and marginalized status as literature.


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