ALT 35: Focus on Egypt

ALT 35: Focus on Egypt

African Literature Today

Edited by Ernest N. Emenyonu


James Currey



As well as a rare examination of Egyptian literature, this volume includes a non-themed section of Featured Articles and a Literary Supplement.
Creativity has flourished in Egypt, a historically important and strategically located North African country and a leading nation in the Arab world. The main focus in this volume is to examine Egyptian writers, especially those whose works have enriched African Literature through their depiction of historical, cultural and socio-political forces such as Naguib Mahfouz, Yusuf Idris, Nawal El Saadawi, Ahdaf Soueif, Tawfiq al-Hakim and Alifa Rifaat (Fatimah Rifaat). Writing in both Arabic and the English language, their thematic concerns have been as versatile as they have been controversial. Nawal El Saadawi provides a Foreword to the volume and an interview.

This volume also includes a non-themed section of Featured Articles and a Literary Supplement.
Volume Editor: Ernest N. Emenyonu
Series Editor: Ernest N. Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA.
Reviews Editor: Obi Nwakanma


338 pages
21.6x14 cm
African Literature Today
Hardback, 9781847011718, November 2017
eBook, 9781787442351, November 2017
James Currey
BISAC LIT004010, LIT004220, LIT000000
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Table of Contents

Foreword - Nawal El Saadawi
Editorial Article: "Is Egypt in Africa, Professor?" - Ernest N. Emenyonu
Coping with a Failed Revolution: Basma Abdel, Aziz Nael Eltoukhy, Mohammed Rabie & Yasmine el Rasgidi - John C. Hawley
The Complications of Reading Egypt as Africa: Translation & Magdy el-Shafee's Metro - James M. Hodapp and Deema Nasser
Narratives of the "Nubian Awakening": Reclaiming Egypt's African Identity - Christine Gilmore
Frantz Fanon's Conceptualization of Decolonization in Sonallah Ibrahim's The Committee - Temitope Abisoye Noah
Romance as Epistemological Aesthetic in the Fiction of Ahdaf Soueif - F. Fiona Moolla
Literature as Prophecy: Re-Reading Yusuf Idris's The Cheapest Nights - Eunice Ngongkum
Travel & Discovery: Hopes for a New Egypt in Mohamed Salmawy's Butterfly Wings - Kelvin N. Toh
The Symbolic Relevance of the Use of the Eye in Nawal El Saadawi's Two Women in One & God Dies by the Nile - Razinat T. Mohammed
African Epics: A Comparative Study of Sundiata & Al-Sirah al-Hilaliyyah - Khalid Abouel-lail
Conversations with Nawal El Saadawi: Feminism, Dissidence, Patriarchy & Contemporary Egyptian Literature. Online Interview - Nawal El Saadawi
FEATURED ARTICLES - Little Magazines & the Development of Modern African Poetry - Mathias Iroro Orhero
Locating African and Diaspora Literature in the Global Context - Tomi Adeaga
The Postcolonial Writer & the Existential Ordeal - Nduka Otiono
LITERARY SUPPLEMENT - "My Mother (Nawal El Saadawi)" - poem - Mona Helmy
"And the Stars Beckoned" - short story - Nadia Wassef
"Hijack in Hurghada" - travelogue - Razinat T. Mohammed
"Childless" - short story - Kalapi Sen
"The President's Change Agent" - short story - Akachi Ezeigbo
In Memoriam: Professor Isidore O. Okpewho, 1941-2016 - Chiji Akoma
Reviews [Edited by Obi Nwakanma]

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