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Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel$
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Samira Aghacy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474466752

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466752.001.0001

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Hoary Monuments, Residual Bodies: Senescence in the City

Hoary Monuments, Residual Bodies: Senescence in the City

(p.48) 2 Hoary Monuments, Residual Bodies: Senescence in the City
Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel

Samira Aghacy

Edinburgh University Press

The second chapter centers on novels by Naguib Mafouz, Alaa al-Aswany and Khalid Khalifa. The focus is on Cairo and Aleppo whose features are disappearing as a result of modernization, an anarchic urbanization, and demographic, political and social changes.In a new world, an elderly appearance in the street becomes synonymous with mockery, invisibility and erasure. The city is invaded by the new, and the old terrain of youth is gradually disappearing with the timeworn edifices peering through the cracks of modernity. The mutations taking place in the urban abode are synchronized with the alterations taking place within the physique of ageing individuals. The past remains predominant and is poignantly juxtaposed with the present, and the result is alienation and escape through memory.

Keywords:   City, senescence, edifices, modernity, invisibility, urbanization, alienation elderly, mutations, memory

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