By David Tresilian

ISBN-10: 0863564054

ISBN-13: 9780863564055

This brief booklet deals a different evaluate of recent Arabic literature, targeting advancements during the last fifty years and supplying a advisor to the literary panorama, indicating the foremost landmarks within the form of authors, rules, and debates.

This is the second one of 2 titles released to release a brand new sequence delivering perception into Arabic advances in technological know-how and tradition. aimed toward the overall reader, the titles are illustrated and comprise glossaries, indices, and recommendations for extra reading.

David Tresilian has taught at Columbia college and the yankee collage in Cairo. He has been on the American collage of Paris in view that 1999.

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In contrast, “Crowds” (21–22), recalling Baudelaire’s celebration of Constantin Guys but far more disturbing, is a supremely confident poetic manifesto, an evocation of Baudelaire himself in his most arrogant mood. Thus: “Not everyone is capable of taking a bath of multitude: enjoying crowds is an art. And only he can go on a binge of vitality, at the expense of the human species …”; “Multitude, solitude: equal and interchangeable terms for the active and fertile poet. ” Importantly, the ironic verbal echoes of the eighteenth-century hater of cities Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his solitary reveries while walking through nature, here resituated among city crowds, are clearly intended and should not be missed.

Given leave by the poet to read these texts in any order, I will selectively emphasize insistent and overlapping themes that will resonate throughout this book: urban psychology, strange and violent; solitude and the crowd; experiences outside the city; city encounters with the poor and the deformed, revealing guilt, or (again) violence, or compassion; poetry as caricature of psychological analysis and social policy. *** As noted in Chapter 1, Park adopts Simmel’s arguments to present the “marginal man,” the emancipated foreigner or stranger in the city in the wake of global movements of populations, as the key to understanding what Park calls “the processes of civilization” (Sennett, 1969, 137–42).

A simplistic view of Baudelaire as thereafter politically reactionary has been supplanted by a nuanced sense of his enduring oppositional tendencies, in an extensive scholarly literature summarized by Richard Burton. ”). For the moment it should also be recalled that due to his financial indebtedness and in part his conflicts with his detested stepfather, General— later Ambassador—Jacques Aupick, Baudelaire lived his adult life in poverty, avoiding his creditors by changing addresses so often as to seem a prefiguration of Louis Wirth’s rootless city dweller.

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