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Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction

Yasmine Ramadan


In 1960s Egypt a group of writers exploded onto the literary scene, transforming the aesthetic landscape. Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction argues that this literary generation presents a marked shift in the representation of rural, urban, and exilic space, reflecting a disappointment in the project of the postcolonial nation-state in post-revolutionary Egypt. If the countryside ceased to be the idealized space of the nation, neither the Cairene metropolis nor the city of Alexandria took its place. Moreover, the transgression of borders to an exilic space served to unsettle categories of nation ... More

Keywords: Egyptian, Literature, Space, Postcolonial, Sixties generation, Urban, Rural, Exile

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474427647
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yasmine Ramadan, author
The University of Iowa