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Yasmine Ramadan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474427647

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427647.001.0001

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Beyond the Sixties

Beyond the Sixties

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Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction

Yasmine Ramadan

Edinburgh University Press

The book concludes with a discussion of the continued importance of this generation beyond the decade of the sixties. It traces the transformation of the sixties generation from an emerging group of writers to established members of the literary and cultural sphere in Egypt, who came to occupy positions of prominence in the field. It presents the career trajectories of the figures at the heart of this book including; the reception of their fiction; the conferral of awards; and the translation of their works. In doing so it also explores the impact of the sixties generation upon contemporary writers, particularly the nineties generation in Egypt. Despite the differences in political and ideological positions, the struggles of the writers of the sixties generation are not wholly divorced from those of their successors. Both were generations contending with the aftermath of revolutionary change, the realities of the failings of democratic projects, and the role of artists and intellectuals in confronting the injustices of the state. As the chapters of this book show, with the sixties generation came the disappearance of the idealised Egyptian nation in the novel. The works of their successors continue to grapple with its aftermath.

Keywords:   Nineties Generation, Sixties Generation, Translation, Awards

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