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FALL 2003 CATALOG

Tayeb Salih
Ideology and the Craft of Fiction

 
 
Waïl S. Hassan

Cloth $45.00L    |    0-8156-3013-1    |   2003


Paper $19.95s    |    0-8156-3037-9    |   2003


The first book-length interpretation of Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih's fiction.

Reviews
"Hassan situates Salih’s works in historical context-both their settings and their composition-and reviews their participation in comparative literature frameworks. Written out of a Sudanese context, Salih’s narratives engage the continental contest between Arab and African-and its European constructions. Much as Mustafa, one of Season's protagonists, maintains in an English dock, ‘I am Arab-African’ or in other words, ‘I am Othello,’ Salih focuses readers’ attention on the controversial divides identified by the ‘Horn of Africa.’ And as that part of the continent enters once again into global current events, one can hope that Salih’s writings will find a new place in the curriculum. Hassan's study should assist in that placement. . . . Highly recommended"
dashChoice

"Season of Migration to the North (1966), Salih's novel about two generations of Sudanese students in England, played a crucial role in the changing curriculum of world literature in the academy in North America in the 1980s and 1990s, but Salih's other works have received less attention. Hassan (English, Illinois State Univ.) draws attention not just to Season but to Salih's entire oeuvre, including The Wedding of Zein: And Other Stories (Eng. tr., 1968) and Salih's unfinished-and still untranslated-novel Bandar Shah (1971). Hassan situates Salih's works in historical context-both their settings and their composition-and reviews their participation in comparative literature frameworks. Written out of a Sudanese context, Salih's narratives engage the continental contest between Arab and African-and its European constructions. Much as Mustafa, one of Season's protagonists, maintains in an English dock, "I am Arab-African" or in other words, "I am Othello," Salih focuses readers' attention on the controversial divides identified by the "Horn of Africa." And as that part of the continent enters once again into global current events, one can hope that Salih's writings will find a new place in the curriculum. Hassan's study should assist in that placement. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All college and university libraries supporting work in world literatures."
dashB. Harlow, University of Texas at Austin

Description
This book undertakes the first sustained interpretation of all of Tayeb Salih's novels and short stories that constitute a single narrative cycle. The book focuses primarily on the ways in which his work depicts the clashing of Arab ideologiesdashthat is, questions of tradition, modernity, imperialism, gender, and political authority in the Arab world. The analysis of Salih's work elucidates his inventive form, while at the same time delineating both the development and the special character of Salih's art.

Author
Waïl S. Hassan is an assistant professor in the English Department at Illinois State University.

6 x 9, 248 pages, appendix, bibliography, index

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