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The Palestinian Novel: From 1948 to the Present

The Palestinian Novel: From 1948 to the Present

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What happens to the Palestinian novel after the national dispossession of the nakba, and how do Palestinian novelists respond to this massive crisis? This is the first study in English to chart the development of the Palestinian novel in exile and under occupation from 1948 onwards. By reading the novel in the context of the ebb and flow of Arab and Palestinian revolution, Bashir Abu-Manneh defines the links between aesthetics and politics. Combining historical analysis with textual readings of key novels by Jabra, Kanafani, Habiby, and Khalifeh, the chronicle of the Palestinian novel unfolds as one that articulates humanism, self-sacrifice as collective redemption, mutuality, and self-realization. Political challenge, hope, and possibility are followed by the decay of collective and individual agency. Genet's and Khoury's unrivalled literary homages to Palestinian revolt are also examined. By critically engaging with Luk cs, Adorno, and postcolonial theory, questions of struggle and self-determination take centre stage.

Author: Bashir Abu-Manneh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 04/26/2016
Pages: 244
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.20w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781107136526

About the Author
Abu-Manneh, Bashir: - Bashir Abu-Manneh is Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature and Director of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent. He is the author of Fiction of the New Statesman, 1913-1939 (2011).

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