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Author Cachia, Pierre.

Title Exploring Arab folk literature / Pierre Cachia ; [foreword by Clive Holes]
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (222 pages)
Contents Part I: Fact finding. 1. Arabic literatures, "Elite" and "Folk" : junctions and disjunctions ; 2. The Egyptian Mawwal: its ancestry, its development, and its present forms ; 3. The Nahda's first stirrings of interest in Alf Layla ; 4. The career of Mustafa Ibrahim 'Ajaj -- Part II: Texts. 5. The Prophet's shirt: three versions of an Egyptian narrative ballad ; 6. An uncommon use of nonsense verse in colloquial Arabic ; 7. An early example of narrative verse in colloquial Arabic ; 8. An incomplete Egyptian ballad on the 1956 war ; 9. Three versions of an Egyptian narrative ballad ; 10. Pulp stories in the repertoire of Egyptian folk singers ; 11. Karam il-Yatim ; 12. Of loose verse and masculine beauty ; 13. A Zajal on the MiOriente moderno -- Part 3: Cultural and social implications. 14. Two perspectives on the "other" in Arabic literature ; 15. Maltese: Arabic roots and sundry grafts ; 16. Social values reflected in Egyptian popular ballads ; 17. Folk themes in the works of Najib Surur ; 18. Elite treatment of honour crimes in modern Egypt
Summary "The character and range of Arab folk literature are investigated by Pierre Cachia in this collection of his essays in the field he has pioneered. These are arranged into three sections. The first traces the changing relationship between Arab folk and elite literatures, the gradual elaboration of certain genres, and the career of a folk poet. The author then devotes a substantial section to the consideration of single or related texts. Finally he comments on social and cultural implications and on differences of attitudes of folk and elite towards sensitive issues. This book represents an insightful contribution to our understanding of Arab folk literature and will be of relevance to anyone with an interest in Arab literary creativity."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Folk literature, Arabic -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011508322
ISBN 0748654054 (electronic bk.)
9780748654055 (electronic bk.)