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Selected Studies in Modern Arabic Narrative: History, Genre, Translation

By Roger Allen


No Western scholar has contributed as much to the study of modern Arabic narrative as has Roger Allen. His doctoral dissertation was the very first Oxford DPhil in modern Arabic literature, completed in 1968 under the supervision of Mustafa Badawi. That same year, he took a position in Arabic language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania, the oldest professorial post in Arabic in the United States. Roger Allen has been phenomenally prolific: fifty books and translations, two hundred articles and counting—on Arabic language pedagogy, on translation, on Arabic literary history, criticism and literature. He is also one of the most decorated and acclaimed translators of Arabic literature. The present volume brings together sixteen of Roger Allen's articles on modern Arabic narrative, with a focus on genre, translation and literary history, and features analyses of the works of Rashid Abu Jadrah, Bensalem Himmich, Yusuf Idris, Naguib Mahfouz, and Tayeb Salih. 

Selected Studies in Modern Arabic Narrative: History, Genre, Translation

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    RAIS vol. 8

    232 pages

    7 x 10 inches

    978-1-937040-76-5 (paperback)

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    February 2019

  • Table of Contents

    Series Editors’ Preface


    1. Arabic Literature Studies: A Retrospect (2009)

    2. The Development of Fictional Genres: The Novel and Short Story in Arabic 

    3. Sindbad the Sailor and the Early Arabic Novel (2000)

    4. The Novella in Arabic: A Study in Fictional Genres (1986)

    5. The Arabic Short Story and the Status of Women (1995)

    6. Arabic Fiction and the Quest for Freedom (1995)

    7. Arabic Fiction’s Relationship with Its Past: Intertextuality and Retrospect 
Post-1967 (2006)

    8. The Impact of the Translated Text: the Case of Najīb Maḥfūẓ’s Novels, with 
Special Emphasis on The Trilogy (1993)

    9. Najīb Maḥfūẓ’s Awlād Ḥāratinā: A History and Interpretation (2011)

    10. Autobiography and Memory: Maḥfūẓ’s Aṣdāʾ al-sīra al-dhātiyya (1998)

    11. The Autobiography of Yūsuf Idrīs? (2002)

    12. ʿUrs al-Zayn by al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ: Tradition and Change (2001)

    13. Historiography as Novel: BenSalim Himmich’s Al-ʿAllāma (2008)

    14. Translation Translated: Rashīd Abū Jadra’s Maʿrakat al-Zuqāq (1997)

    15. Fiction and Publics: The Emergence of the “Arabic Bestseller” (2009)

    16. Translation and Culture: Theory and Practice (2004)


    Bibliography of Articles by Roger Allen on Modern Arabic Narrative

    Index of Proper Names

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