Crisis and Memory: The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative

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Ken Seigneurie
Reichert, 2003 - History - 259 pages
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Crisis and Memory: The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative, edited by Ken Seigneurie, explores the literary representation of social and political crises that have punctuated the second half of the twentieth-century in the Middle East. From the creation of the state of Israel and its continuing aftermath, to the Suez crisis, to the expulsion of the PLO from Jordan, to the Lebanese civil war, literature "has been there" but seldom has it been considered a useful lens for understanding the ground of these crises. This collection of essays aims to show how literature can illuminate crises of ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and nation. Contributors hail from several countries and display a variety of critical approaches but all focus on the representation of space in narrative.

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Ken Seigneurie, translator of Rashid al-Daif's essay, is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in World Literature at Simon Fraser University.

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