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Modern Arabic LiteratureA Theoretical Framework$
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Reuven Snir

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420518

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420518.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Modern Arabic Literature
Author(s):

Reuven Snir

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420518.003.0001

The Introduction explains why the need for a new theoretical framework for the study of Arabic literature is so urgent. Its main outlines are based on the theoretical achievements of historical poetics, in particular those of Russian Formalism and its theoretical legacy. The basic assumption is that all potential inventories of canonized and non-canonized Arabic literary texts ― including children’s literature and translated texts ― are to be seen as forming one dynamic, autonomous literary system.

Keywords:   Arabic literature, theoretical framework, historical poetics, Formalism, dynamic, literary system, canonized, popular, translated texts, children’s literature

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