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Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture$
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Valerie Anishchenkova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643400

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643400.001.0001

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Writing Arab Selfhood – From Taha Husayn to Blogging

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Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture

Valerie Anishchenkova

Edinburgh University Press

While Arab autobiographical discourse has always been a culturally rich phenomenon, in recent decades it has gone through crucial transformations in both form and method. The introductory chapter formulates a theoretical framework to the highly diverse autobiographical production, currently circulating in Arab culture. The chapter also explores the development of the autobiographical genre in Arabic literature throughout the 20th century by focusing on the types of identity produced in earlier texts.

Keywords:   Autobiography, Identity, Subjectivity, Tradition, Arabic literature, Memoirs, Ahmad Amin, Taha Husayn (Taha Hussein), Salama Musa

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