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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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Literary Dynamics in Synchronic Cross-section

Literary Dynamics in Synchronic Cross-section

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(p.35) Chapter 2 Literary Dynamics in Synchronic Cross-section
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Modern Arabic Literature
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Reuven Snir

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420518.003.0003

This chapter looks at the literary dynamics of Arabic literature in synchronic cross-section. Inventories of canonized and non-canonized literary texts are presented separately in three subsystems: texts for adults, children’s literature, and texts in translation. The resulting six subsystems ― three canonized and three non-canonized ― are seen as autonomous networks of relationships and as interacting literary networks on various levels. The internal and external interrelationships and interactions between the various subsystems need to be studied if we want to arrive at a comprehensive understanding of the modern Arabic literary system. The structure of the canonical center of the Arabic literary system is discussed referring to the phenomenon of Islamist literature and the reasons for its exclusion from the secular literary center.

Keywords:   Arabic literature, literary dynamics, literary center, literary system, subsystems, interactions, children’s literature, translation, secular, Islamist literature

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