Literary Criticism
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April  2016
400 pp.
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15X23 cm
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ISBN 9789774167850
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The Literary Life of Cairo

One Hundred Years in the Heart of the City Edited and with an introduction Samia Mehrez

Readings from literary works that re-construct a century of Cairo’s changing social life

Unlike The Literary Atlas of Cairo, which focuses on the literary geopolitics of the cityscape, this companion volume immerses the reader in the complex network of socioeconomic and cultural lives in the city. The seven chapters first introduce the reader to representations of some of Cairo’s prominent profiles, both political and cultural, and their impact on the city’s literary geography, before presenting a spectrum of readings of the city by its multiethnic, multinational, and multilingual writers across class, gender, and generation. Daunting images of colonial school experiences and startling contrasts of postcolonial educational realities are revealed, while Cairo’s moments of political participation and oppression are illustrated, as well as the space accorded to women within the city across history and class. Together, The Literary Atlas of Cairo and The Literary Life of Cairo produce a literary geography of Cairo that goes beyond the representation of space in literature to reconstruct the complex network of human relationships in that space.
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Samia Mehrez is professor of Arabic literature in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilization and director of the Center for Translation Studies at the American University in Cairo. She is the editor of The Literary Atlas of Cairo (AUC Press pbk edition, 2016) and Translating Egypt's Revolution (AUC Press, 2012).

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