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Modern Arabic literature : a bibliography
Makar, Ragai N.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xiii, 255 pages ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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PJ418 .M26 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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In their effort to expand the curriculum possibilities in Literature Departments, many academics in the West are looking outside the Western canon. Once largely marginalized, Arabic literature is enjoying a marked increase in attention. Arab poets and novelists in particular have gained a justified, positive reputation. Their works have begun to make their way into Western syllabi and reading lists. Modern Arabic Literature: A Bibliography can only further develop and streamline the American and European interest that has been focused upon the significance and variety of Arabic literature. This bibliography covers all genres of literature including ballads, comedy, drama, fiction, Israeli literature, Islamic literature, biographies, Mahjar literature, poetry, prisoner writings, short stories, and studies of the theater. Books are included from every Arabic country, and most of the titles are in English, though titles in French and Arabic are also represented. In total, Modern Arabic Literature consists of 2,548 numbered entries of books, chapters in books, periodical articles, poems, and reference sources. This up-to-date and unprecedented bibliography will help the student or librarian who needs to expand their range of familiarity with world literatures.

Author Notes

Ragai N. Makar (B.A., Cairo University; M.L.I.S., Pratt University; M.A. in Sociology, Adelphi University) is head of the Aziz S. Atiya Library for Middle East Studies at the University of Utah Marriott Library, U.S.A.

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Library Journal Review

Interest in modern Arabic literature, specifically that of the 20th century, was boosted in Western countries to some extent when the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1988. Students and scholars of Arabic literature, however, very often lack the bibliographical tools necessary for their work, owing in part to the failure of Arabic countries to publish regular and up-to-date national bibliographies. This basic bibliography of modern Arabic literature from most Arab countries consists of 2,548 entries covering several literary genres, including comedy and drama, fiction and short stories, poetry, biographies, Israeli-Arab literature, prisoners' writings, and Islamic literature. Numerous entries refer to periodical articles, chapters, or monographs‘often in English, with a significant number in Arabic or French. Entries are barely annotated, except for the translation of non-English titles. Makar, a librarian at the University of Utah, has done a good job of including earlier title entries up to the mid-1990s. Recommended for reference, undergraduate, and comprehensive literature collections.‘Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Makar's bibliography contains more than 2,500 entries related to 20th-century Arabic literature, including ballads, folk literature, Islamic literature, interviews and biographies, prisoners' writings, and proverbs, as well as the more familiar drama, fiction, and poetry. The work cites books, articles, theses, and translations into English, divided into 27 chapters, largely by genre or form. Most materials cited are in English, but works in other languages are included for subjects not well covered in English, especially in Arabic (with translations of titles) and French (for North African literature). The author index will be especially helpful for users looking for translations or those not familiar with this topic. A subject index (particularly of personal names) would have been very useful. Recommended for libraries interested primarily in Arabic literature in English translation, those with comprehensive Arabic or Middle East collections, or those whose budgets are limited; other libraries, especially those serving general readers, should consider the more expensive but more comprehensive Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature, ed. by Julie Scott Meisami and Paul Starkey (CH, Oct'98). D. S. Straley Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Editor's Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Arabic Literature--History and Criticismp. 1
Balladsp. 37
Comedyp. 39
Comparative Literaturep. 41
Drama--Textsp. 45
Drama--Study and Criticismp. 53
Fiction--Textsp. 57
Fiction--Study and Criticismp. 69
Folk Literature--Textsp. 89
Folk Literature--Study and Criticismp. 91
Islamic Literaturep. 95
Israeli Arabic Literaturep. 99
Literary Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirsp. 117
Literary Interviewsp. 123
Mahjar Literaturep. 125
North African Arabic Literaturep. 131
Palestinian Literature--Textsp. 145
Palestinian Literature--History and Criticismp. 153
Poetry--Anthologiesp. 155
Poetry--Individual Poemsp. 163
Poetry--Study and Criticismp. 195
Prisoners' Writingsp. 207
Proverbsp. 209
Reference Worksp. 211
Short Stories--Textsp. 217
Short Stories--Study and Criticismp. 235
Theater Studiesp. 239
Author Indexp. 241
About the Authorp. 255