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Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel

Samira Aghacy


There are more than 15 million people over age 65 currently living in the Arab world, yet little attention has been paid to the cultural significance of growing old. The book recognizes the widespread silence by countering the critical corpus that reads the modern Arabic novel as a political discourse with an emphasis on youth achievement. By offering close readings of 16 fictional works from different parts of the Arab world such as novels by Alia Mamdouh, Sahar Khalifah, Iman Kachachi, Rashid al-Daif and Alaa al-Aswany, the study utilizes biological and cultural theories of ageing- particula ... More

Keywords: biological, cultural, gender, feminism, gerontology, sexism, ageism, instability, de Beauvoir, Marganroth Gullette

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474466752
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samira Aghacy, author
Lebanese American University