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Where to Find Arabic Literature in the Library
Arabic-language literature and translations into English, as well as criticism, analysis, etc. of Arabic literature, is all located in the call numbers PJ7501 - PJ8517.
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Other Books on Arabic Literature
The Experimental Arabic Novel
Call Number: PJ7577 .M49 2001, 3rd floor
Traces the development of the modern Arabic novel from the 1960s to the present.
The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English
Call Number: PR1286 .A73 E35 2013, 3rd floor
A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature
Call Number: PJ7538 .B265 1993, 3rd floor
"This is a concise and authoritative survey of the whole of modern Arabic literature since the mid-19th century with a view to helping the general reader as well as the student to form a clear picture of the literary achievements of the modern Arabs."
A Brief Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature
Call Number: PJ7538 .T74 2008, 3rd floor
"This short book offers a unique overview of modern Arabic literature, focusing on developments over the last fifty years and providing a guide to the literary landscape, indicating the major landmarks in the shape of authors, ideas, and debates."
Arabic Literature: Postmodern Perspectives
Call Number: PJ7538 .A7313 2010, 3rd floor
..."Introduces the work of twenty-nine pivotal authors from the Arab world writing in Arabic, English, French, and Hebrew. Organized around the central themes of memory, place, and gender, each of which is discussed in an introductory essay, the volume provides a critical framework for Arab writing, locating it alongside contemporary world literature. ... Authors covered include Adonis, Rabih Alameddine, Hoda Barakat, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Mahmoud Darwish, Assia Djebar, and Elias Khoury."
Exploring Arab Folk Literature
Call Number: GR268 .A73 C33 2011, 4th floor
"The character and range of Arab folk literature are investigated by Pierre Cachia in this collection of his essays in the field he has pioneered. ... This book represents an insightful contribution to our understanding of Arab folk literature and will be of relevance to anyone with an interest in Arab literary creativity."
Modern Arabic Literature
Call Number: PJ7538 .M58 2006, 3rd floor
"First authoritative, comprehensive, critical survey of creative writing in Arabic from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day."
Islam on the Street: Religion in Modern Arabic Literature
Call Number: PJ7519 .I84 M87 2009, 3rd floor
"Islam on the Street deals with the popular side of Islam, as described not only in tracts and manuals written by Sufi shaykhs and Islamist thinkers from among the more militant groups in Islam, but also in writings by other, more secular thinkers who have also influenced public opinion. ... Readers interested in the influence of religion and secularism within modern Islamic Arabic literature will find that the author addresses the presence of Islam and Sufism in ways that secular commentators have been incapable of doing."