As one of the first non-European journals to critically address the category of Weltliteratur bilingually from the perspective of the Global South, this special issue of Alif addresses this problem theoretically and empirically. The critical conversation about the problem of the category of Weltliteratur is not only extended beyond the European and North American sphere that has largely dominated and framed the discussion of Weltliteratur, but is juxtaposed formally in a way that permits us to understand that there are other “world literatures” that allow us to reexamine the contending theories, practices, and underlying assumptions of Weltliteratur. Essays in this volume emphasize in different ways the inherent tension between postcolonial studies and “world criticism,” and to that extent open up new realms for the discovery of new knowledges, new epistemes, modes of conversation, and communication.
World Literature: Perspectives and Debates
30 September 2014
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Andrew N. Rubin is scholar in residence at Georgetown University. He is the author of Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War and the co-editor of Adorno: A Critical Reader and The Edward Said Reader. He has published on the subject of twentieth century culture in magazines and journals including The South Atlantic Quarterly, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, The Journal of Palestine Studies, The Nation, The New Statesman, and Al-Ahram.
Trauma and Memory
Edited by Ferial Ghazoul
Trauma and MemoryEdited by Ferial Ghazoul
This issue of Alif focuses on trauma and loss and their presence in collective and individual memory. The question of traumatic events has been recognized in psychology, psychoanalysis, and literature, but scholarly studies have mostly concentrated on traumas enacted in the West—World Wars and the Holocaust. Contributors to this volume attempt to extend the field of trauma and memory studies to include other parts of the world: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Palestine, Pakistan, multi-ethnic America, and ancient Greece. The Lebanese civil war or the Peloponnesian war, the Nakba of 1948 or the Naksa of 1967: the articles and personal testimonies in this issue explore the impact of such tragic events on literary genre, films, fiction, folk culture, poetry, drama, and visual arts. Alif: Journal of Comperative Poetics 30 Contributors: Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd, Galal Amin, Gaber Asfour, Mohammed Berrada, Céza Kassem-Draz, Sabry Hafez, Barbara Harlow, Malak Hashem, Wolfhart Heinrichs, Richard Jacquemond, Andrew Rubin, Doris Enright-Clark Shoukri, and Hoda Wasfi....read more
1 September 2010
Gender and Knowledge: Contributions of Gender Perspectives to Intellectual Formations
Edited by Ferial Ghazoul
Gender and Knowledge: Contributions of Gender Perspectives to Intellectual FormationsEdited by Ferial Ghazoul
Contributors are from Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, USA, India, Britain, and France. English Section: Saad Al Bazei, Doris Shoukri, Aisha Abdel Rahman (Bint al-Shati’), Melissa Matthes, Huda Lutfi, Srilata Ravi, Brinda Mehta, Maijan Al-Ruwaili, David Blanks, Jehan Al-Bayoumi, Nasr Abu Zeid Arabic Section: Hoda Elsadda, Sherine Abu el Naga, Sherif Hetata, Buthaina Al Nasiri, Salma Jayyusi, Nasr Abu Zeid, Muhammad Mahmoud, Virginia Woolf, Olfat Al Roubi, Heba Ra’ouf Ezzat, Muhammad Brairi, Julia Kristeva...read more
Post-Colonial Discourse in South Asia
Edited by Stephen Alter
Post-Colonial Discourse in South AsiaEdited byStephen Alter
This issue of Alif explores a considerable variety of themes and problems that exist in contemporary South Asia, offering perspectives on poetry and fiction, popular culture and mythmaking, as well as the enduring resonance of Gandhian rhetoric and philosophy. Contributors confront environmental degradation and social injustice, post-colonial interpretations of Shakespeare, and the terrifying plague of AIDS, perhaps the first truly global epidemic. Despite the undeniably serious problems that afflict the people of South Asia, there is also much to celebrate after half a century of independence. There is a pervasive sense that the subcontinent has finally emerged from lingering shadows of the British Raj, asserting a new and ascendant identity, through art and literature, music, film, and popular culture. Alif Vol. 18...read more
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The Hybrid Literary Text: Arab Creative Authors Writing in Foreign Languages
Edited by Ferial Ghazoul
The Hybrid Literary Text: Arab Creative Authors Writing in Foreign LanguagesEdited by Ferial Ghazoul
This issue of Alif is devoted to exploring creative texts by authors from the Arab world (including Karim Alrawi, Edward Said, Rafik Schami, and Ahdaf Soueif) who write in foreign languages: Dutch, English, French, German, and Hebrew. Contributors: English Section: Shereen Abou El Naga, Magda Amin, Soraya Antonius, Anne Armitage, Andrea Flores, Nadia Gindi, Richard Jacquemond, Mahmoud El Lozy, Amin Malak, Khaled Mattawa, Cynthia Nelson, Marlous Willemsen. Arabic Section: Etel Adnan, Mahamed Lamine Ould Moulay Brahim, Ferial J. Ghazoul, Edwar al-Kharrat, Walid El Khachab, Abdelwahab Meddeb, Samia Mehrez, Dalia Said Mostafa, Tahia Abdel Nasser, Mahmoud Qassim, Bashir El-Siba’i, Anton Shammas, Muhammad Siddiq, Ahdaf Soueif....read more