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By Hala Halim

Interrogating how Alexandria turned enshrined because the exemplary cosmopolitan area within the center East, this ebook mounts an intensive critique of Eurocentric conceptions of cosmopolitanism. The dominant account of Alexandrian cosmopolitanism elevates issues ecu within the city’s tradition and concurrently areas issues Egyptian below the signal of decline. The booklet is going past this civilization/barbarism binary to track different modes of intercultural solidarity.

Halim provides a comparative research of literary representations, addressing poetry, fiction, guidebooks, and operettas, between different genres. She reappraises 3 writers—C. P. Cavafy, E. M. Forster, and Lawrence Durrell—who she continues were forged because the canon of Alexandria. getting to problems with style, gender, ethnicity, and sophistication, she refutes the view that those writers’ representations are mostly congruent and uncovers quite a few positions starting from Orientalist to anticolonial. The e-book then turns to Bernard de Zogheb, a nearly unpublished author, and elicits his camp parodies of elite Levantine mores in operettas, considered one of which facilities on Cavafy. Drawing on Arabic severe and historic texts, in addition to modern writers’ and filmmakers’ engagement with the canonical triumvirate, Halim orchestrates an Egyptian discussion with the
European representations.

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