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Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political

Tarek El-Ariss


Focusing on the body as a site of rupture and signification, this book shifts the paradigm for the study of modernity in the Arab context from questions of representation and cultural exchange to an engagement with a genealogy of symptoms and affects. Trials of Arab Modernity traces a series of experiences and encounters arising from leaving home, aversion to food, disorientation, anxiety attacks, and physical collapse embodied in travelogues, novels, poetic fragments, and anecdotes from the nineteenth-century to the present. Tarek El-Ariss thus reframes Arab modernity [ḥadātha] as a somatic c ... More

Keywords: Arabic Literature, Nahda, Arab Spring, Affect Theory, Travel Literature, Rifa'a al-Tahtawi, Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, Tayeb Salih, Hanan al-Shaykh, Ahmed Alaidy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251711
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tarek El-Ariss, author
University of Texas, Austin