Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

A multilingual journal published annually, featuring original scholarly articles in Arabic, English, and occasionally French. Each multidisciplinary issue is dedicated to a specific theme.

Articles from No. 28, Annual

Adapting Sufism to Video Art: Bill Viola and the Sacred
This article traces the many Sufi subtexts in Bill Viola's video art with a view to better understanding the relationship within his work between the sacred and the individual. Drawing on the theory of the genesis of the individual in anthropological...
Artistic Adaptation: Ekphrasis in Pakistani Poetry in English
This article examines the dynamics of ekphrastic adaptation in Pakistani poetry in English through exploring the methods and concerns of poets who transfer the visual representation of an object of art into the medium of poetry, using poems on tapestry,...
Artistic Adaptations: Approaches and Positions
Literary works have been subjected to transformation and adapted to new contexts and mediums since time immemorial. Folktales have moved from one place to another--their structures and stylistics getting modified as they migrated. Canonical writers,...
From Page to Celluloid: Michael Cunningham's the Hours
Michael Cunningham's The Hours is a typical postmodern novel which relies on intertextuality, crossing boundaries between fact and fiction, and an interwoven narrative. This article examines the adaptation of this "internal" novel to a well-orchestrated...
From Sacred Ritual to Installation Art: A Personal Testimony
This article uses gender to interpret sacred space and ritual. Focusing on the ritual of 'Ashura, the author examines the processes whereby three generations of Iraqi Shi'a women have negotiated and reconstructed their identities vis-a-vis the Iraqi...
Orwell and Empire: Anti-Communism and the Globalization of Literature
This article explores the cultural process through which British colonialism was rearticulated by the institutions and discourses of American anti-communism. Focusing on George Orwell, the author provides a critical account of the British and US governments'...
Palestine Uncovered in My Name Is Rachel Corrie
Constructed by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner out of various entries from Rachel Corrie's diaries and e-mails from Gaza, My Name Is Rachel Corrie uncovered a Palestine that has been methodically shielded from Western eyes by the corporate media,...
The Transformation of the Act of Narration: Strategies of Adaptation of Al-Qamar W'al-Aswar
Taking into account the parallel rise and development of cinema in the Arab world in the twentieth century with that of the Arabic novel, this article analyzes the relationship between film and novel through a study of Muhammad Shukri Jamil's 1979...