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Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel Egypt, 1892–2008

Hoda Elsadda

Cloth $24.95s    |    978-0-8156-3296-2    |    2012

"Elsadda provides a compelling analysis of the Arabic novel by using gender as a critical method. Gendered roles reveal not only the formation of national allegories, but also the process of exclusion and inclusion in the Arabic literary canon."—Choice

"Elsadda brilliantly upends standing perceptions of the Arabic novel. Nuanced and incisive, she dissects over a century of Egyptian Arabic novels, demonstrating that the liberal national elite’s gendered imaginations of the nation shaped the literary canon. She convincingly argues that national political projects must imagine themselves through cultural production and that both are systematically shot through with gendered constructions of power"—Suad Joseph, editor of Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East

"A sophisticated and thorough examination of over a century of literary discourse, it will have to be taken into consideration in understanding Egyptian literary history."—Rasheed El-Enany, author of Naguib Mahfouz: The Pursuit of Meaning

  Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel Egypt

  Hoda Elsadda is professor of English and comparative literature at Cairo University. She previously held a chair in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, in the School of Languages, Linguistics, and Cultures at the University of Manchester. She is a founding member and current chair of the Board of Trustees of the Women and Memory forum, a nongovernmental research center in Egypt that focuses on gender issues in Arab cultural history.

6 x 9, 272 pages, notes, bibliography, index

Copublished with Edinburgh University Press

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