Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“

New release: Transgressions, or the Logic of the Body. By Özkan Ezli

21. April 2010

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Mohamed Choukri’s Work: A Fusing of Eros, Logos and Politics, In: Neuwirth, Angelika / Pflitsch, Andreas (eds.): Arabic Literature. Postmodern Perspectives, London: Saqi Books, 2010, 461-470.

“Arabic Literature: Postmodern Perspectives” 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. The contributors maintain that Arabic literature reflects the Western postmodern condition without denying its own traditions. As such, Arabic Literature paves the way for an important cultural dialogue between East and West.
This collection is ideal for students of Arabic and comparative literature and equally of interest to general readers. Authors covered include Rabih Alameddine, Hoda Barakat, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Mahmoud Darwish, Assia Djebar and Elias Khoury. It provides an extensive list of further reading to complement the work. (Saqi Books)

The coverage of the region is admirable in terms of both geographical spread and literary genre - This collection of articles, carefully grouped around specific themes and the authors who invoke them, is an important contribution to the study of modern Arabic literature. Roger Allen

The breadth of this book is matched by its depth and erudition, and its balance of theory and close-reading of key texts which is thoroughly researched and resonate in detail, is admirable. It is an immensely valuable book, extraordinarily intelligent in its conception and design. Sabry Hafez

Dr. des. Özkan Ezli's research within the Center of Excellence is about “Narrative Diaspora in German-Turkish Film and Fiction: An Alternative History of German Literature and Culture.”