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Title COMMITTED TO DISILLUSION activist writers in egypt from the 1950s to the 1980s;activist writers in egypt from the 1950s to the 1980s


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Contents Intro -- Half Title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Note on Transliteration and Translation -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Early In uences on Arabic Committed Literature -- The Theoretical Problem of Committed Literature -- The Soviet Legacy of Directed Literature -- Sartreʼs Call to Engagement in Post-War France -- Brecht and Lukács Debate Literature for Social Change -- Chapter 2: Al-Adab al-Multazim: A Distinctive Arabic Model of Committed Literature -- Commitment before Iltizam -- Iltizam in Arabic Literature
An Arabic Model of Committed Literature -- Iltizam in the Nasser Era -- Committed Literature in the Sadat Era -- Chapter 3: Naguib Mahfouz: The Exemplar of Multazim Writing in a Period of Disillusion -- Early In uences -- Al-Adab al-Multazim in Practice: Mahfouz's A Beginning and an End -- A Dramatic Change in Style -- Inverting the Paradigm of Iltizam -- The Beggar -- Gossip on the Nile -- Karnak Café -- Wedding in the Dome -- Chapter 4: Yusuf Idris, a Writer of the Revolutionary Era -- The Multazim Writing of Yusuf Idris: "An Errand" -- A Turn from Realism -- "The Alif in al-Ahrar"
The Black Policeman -- "The Aorta" -- "The Sunken Mattress" -- "The Piper Dies" -- Chapter 5: Sonallah Ibrahim, Son of the Revolution -- That Smell -- August Star -- The Committee -- Conclusion: From Literary Disillusion to Electronic Revolution -- An Inversion of al-Adab al-Multazim -- Activist Writing after al-Adab al-Multazim -- The Activist Writer in the Electronic Age -- Defection of the Artists -- Notes -- Bibliography
Summary Can a writer help to bring about a more just society? This question was at the heart of the movement of al-adab al-multazim, or committed literature, which claimed to dominate Arab writing in the mid-twentieth century. By the 1960s, however, leading Egyptian writers had retreated into disillusionment, producing agonized works that challenged the key assumptions of socially engaged writing. Rather than a rejection of the idea, however, these works offered reinterpretation of committed writing that helped set the stage for activist writers of the present
Subject Maḥfūẓ, Najīb, 1911-2006 -- Criticism and interpretation
Idrīs, Yūsuf -- Criticism and interpretation
Ibrāhīm, Ṣunʻ Allāh -- Criticism and interpretation
Ibrāhīm, Ṣunʻ Allāh.
Idrīs, Yūsuf.
Maḥfūẓ, Najīb, 1911-2006.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1617977578