By Hala Halim

ISBN-10: 0823251764

ISBN-13: 9780823251766

Interrogating how Alexandria grew to become enshrined because the exemplary cosmopolitan area within the heart East, this publication mounts a thorough critique of Eurocentric conceptions of cosmopolitanism. The dominant account of Alexandrian cosmopolitanism elevates issues ecu within the city’s tradition and at the same time locations issues Egyptian lower than the signal of decline. The publication is going past this civilization/barbarism binary to track different modes of intercultural solidarity.

Halim offers a comparative examine of literary representations, addressing poetry, fiction, guidebooks, and operettas, between different genres. She reappraises 3 writers—C. P. Cavafy, E. M. Forster, and Lawrence Durrell—who she keeps were forged because the canon of Alexandria. getting to problems with style, gender, ethnicity, and sophistication, she refutes the view that those writers’ representations are mostly congruent and uncovers various positions starting from Orientalist to anticolonial. The publication then turns to Bernard de Zogheb, an almost unpublished author, and elicits his camp parodies of elite Levantine mores in operettas, one among which facilities on Cavafy. Drawing on Arabic severe and old texts, in addition to modern writers’ and filmmakers’ engagement with the canonical triumvirate, Halim orchestrates an Egyptian discussion with the
European representations.

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