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Alexandrian cosmopolitanism [electronic resource] : an archive / Hala Halim.

Author/Creator:
Halim, Hala.
Publication:
New York : Fordham University Press, 2013.
Format/Description:
Book
xviii, 459 p.
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Cosmopolitanism in literature.
European literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
European literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Alexandria (Egypt) -- In literature.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
In English.
Summary:
Interrogating how Alexandria became enshrined as the exemplary cosmopolitan space in the Middle East, this book mounts a radical critique of Eurocentric conceptions of cosmopolitanism. The dominant account of Alexandrian cosmopolitanism elevates things European in the city’s culture and simultaneously places things Egyptian under the sign of decline. The book goes beyond this civilization/barbarism binary to trace other modes of intercultural solidarity.Halim presents a comparative study of literary representations, addressing poetry, fiction, guidebooks, and operettas, among other genres. She reappraises three writers—C. P. Cavafy, E. M. Forster, and Lawrence Durrell—who she maintains have been cast as the canon of Alexandria. Attending to issues of genre, gender, ethnicity, and class, she refutes the view that these writers’ representations are largely congruent and uncovers a variety of positions ranging from Orientalist to anticolonial. The book then turns to Bernard de Zogheb, a virtually unpublished writer, and elicits his camp parodies of elite Levantine mores in operettas, one of which centers on Cavafy. Drawing on Arabic critical and historical texts, as well as contemporary writers’ and filmmakers’ engagement with the canonical triumvirate, Halim orchestrates an Egyptian dialogue with theEuropean representations.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Figures
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter One. Of Greeks, Barbarians, Philhellenes, Hellenophones, and Egyptiotes
Chapter Two. Of Hellenized Cosmopolitanism and Colonial Subalternity
Chapter Three. Uncanny Hybridity into Neocolonialism
Chapter Four. “Polypolis” and Levantine Camp
Epilogue/Prologue
Notes
Works Cited
Index
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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ISBN:
0-8232-5177-2
0-8232-5299-X
0-8232-5227-2
0-8232-5228-0
OCLC:
859536488
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780823252282 doi