By Salma K. Jayyusi, Mansour al-Hazimi, Izzat Khattab
This assortment opens up the varied and wealthy modern literature of Saudi Arabia to an English-speaking viewers. Salma okay Jayyusi, Mansour al-Hazimi and Izzat Khattab have prepare a assorted choice of poetry, brief tales, novel extracts, own money owed, drama and essays which supply a desirable perception into the demanding situations and tensions of a tradition that's delicately balancing the calls for of transformation whereas retaining onto hugely adored values and norms.
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Extra resources for Beyond The Dunes: An Anthology of Modern Saudi Literature
There weren’t specific writers whom one would think of as pioneers, as were Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant and Gogol in the West. Translation played a major role in gaining the interest of Arab writers in Egypt and Greater Syria in modern narrative and dramatic styles. The art of story writing evolved gradually and in the context of the reformists’ rhetoric which called for progress, advancement and modernisation. In general terms, it was the rhetoric of “journalism” which propagated various new forms, styles and ideas.
Moreover, he elevated rational thinking and philosophy in poetry at the expense of imagination and emotion. ” Moreover, ‘Awwad did not take the time to polish his language or to revise his poems, which may explain the prosaic nature of much of his poetry and the dullness of his vocabulary. The importance of ‘Awwad in the history of Saudi ideas on literature, therefore, supersedes his position as a poet. His courage in attacking tradition, his enthusiasm for innovation, his honesty, candour, defiance in defending his views and his well-known support for young talented writers all gained him a unique place amongst his generation.
As in the rest of the Arab world, some critics in Saudi Arabia view rhyming prose poem as being too vague and mysterious, and as nothing but an attempt to burn bridges with the past and to let in, through the back door, those with no poetic skill. In any case, the rhyming prose poem did not supplant either the two hemistich poem or free verse poetry. It emerged within a period of intense intellectual and historical activity to establish its own poetic style. Short in length, rhyming prose poetry relies on an intense focus on an idea, on symbolism, suggestion and the sparkling conciseness of poetry.