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Literary Autobiography and Arab National Struggles

Tahia Abdel Nasser


In memoirs, Arab writers have invoked solitude in moments of deep public involvement. Focusing on Taha Hussein, Sonallah Ibrahim, Assia Djebar, Latifa al-Zayyat, Mahmoud Darwish, Mourid Barghouti, Edward Said, Haifa Zangana, and Radwa Ashour, this book reads a range of autobiographical forms, sources, and affinities with other literatures. Taking a comparative approach, the book shows the local sources of contemporary Arab autobiography, adaptations of a global genre, and cultural exchange. It also examines different aspects of the contemporary autobiography as it has evolved in the Arab world ... More

Keywords: Arab autobiography, Arabic literature, memoirs, national struggles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420228
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tahia Abdel Nasser, author
American University in Cairo