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Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition

Wen-chin Ouyang


Mad love in the Arabic novel is an expression of the anxiety surrounding Arabic novel's search for form. It is symptomatic of nostalgia for the future that, in the absence of a viable trajectory in the Arab world's disappointment in the nation-state and modernisation, retreats into the past, arguing with it and looking in it for a resolution for the love triangle it creates for nation-state, modernity and tradition. This book uncovers the politics of nostalgia inherent in the Arabic novel, places these in the context of the birth of the Arabic novel in the intercultural networks of exchange be ... More

Keywords: The Arabic novel, Arabic storytelling, nation, national history, cultural heritage, tradition, intertextuality, nostalgia, madness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748655694
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655694.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wen-chin Ouyang, author