Studies in the Short Fiction of Mahfouz and Idris

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NYU Press, May 1, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 168 pages
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In this comparative approach to the works of two major contemporary Egyptian writers, Mona Mikhail identifies existentialism as a major force in their work. Her close examination of the images and metaphors that recur in the short fiction of those two writers shows strong affinities with the works of Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus, concentrating on a central preoccupation with the theme of death as a constant in he works of all four writers. Mikhail shows how Mafouz and Idris not only successfully incorporate myth and folklore but also draw upon the rich heritage of classical Arabic Literature as a source for their work.

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Mona Mikhail is professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University, and is the author of several books of Arab civilization, including images if Arab Women.