Alif 32

The Imaginary and the Documentary: Cultural Studies in Literature, History, and the Arts

Edited by Ferial Ghazoul

This issue of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics is devoted to the intersection of the imaginary and the documentary, the fictional and the cultural

English edition
15 June 2012
500 pp.
17X24cm
ISBN 9789774165283
For sale worldwide

$24.95

This issue of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics is devoted to the intersection of the imaginary and the documentary, the fictional and the cultural in the three genres of literature (poetry, fiction, and drama), in history, in film (feature and documentary), in photography, in plastic arts, and in architecture. Collage in art, portrait paintings, political poetry, archival footage in films, the historical novel, and the metaphors of historiography are some of the examples that demonstrate the interfacing between the imaginary and the documentary. Subjectivity and ideology of the artist and scholar might be couched in a flight of fantasy or in a rational argument, but in both cases they are joined to a specific worldview that is analyzed and discussed. Contributors: Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy, Emad Abdel Latif, Saeed Alwakil, Tamim El Barghouti, Judith Butler, Safaa Fathy, Tahany El Gebaly, Ahmed Haddad, Sabry Hafez, Chouaib Halifi, Stuart Hall, Barbara Harlow, Ahmed Heakl, Jeffrey Herlihy, Ahmed Abdel Mo‘ty Higazi, Abdullah Ibrahim, Walid El Khachab, Jalal Uddin Khan, Hasna Lebbady, Iman Mersal, Helmi Salem, Stephanie Schwerter, Basheer El Sibaei, Larbi Touaf, John Carlos Rowe, Angela Vaupel, Elizabeth Wickett, Shaaban Yusuf.

Ferial Ghazoul

<p>FERIA J. GHAZOUL is an Iraqi scholar, critic, and translator. She is professor of English and comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and editor of <em>Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics</em>. She has written extensively on gender issues in modern and medieval literature and is the author of <em>Nocturnal Poetics: The Arabian Nights in Comparative Context</em> (AUC Press, 1996). To read an interview with her (AUC Press e-Newsletter, November 2013), <a href="https://www.aucpress.com/t-eNewsletter-MeetTheAuthor-November2013.aspx?template=template_enewsletter">click here</a>.</p>
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