Academic journal article Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Wanderlust: Travel Literature of Egypt and the Middle East

Academic journal article Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Wanderlust: Travel Literature of Egypt and the Middle East

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This issue of Alif takes its theme, epigraphs, and roaming structure from John Rodenbeck who taught Travel Literature for decades while passing on his passion for both Travel and Literature. The lust for wandering has been with humankind since earliest times; yet attached as we might be to a given place, the temptation to explore other places and other cultures has never ceased. If this issue focuses on Egypt and the Middle East it is because this part of the world has become a second home for John Rodenbeck and his family--all of whom contributed in myriad ways to a better understanding of the Middle East and to portraying the richness of Egypt. In addition to teaching and writing, John Rodenbeck directed the AUC Press for several years, highlighting the work of Naguib Mahfouz long before he became the Nobel Laureate in 1988. The Rodenbecks worked tirelessly with like-minded people to preserve endangered Islamic monuments of Cairo, and thus to pay the best homage to the legacy of Egypt.

In this issue of Alif, contributors analyze travel accounts in different periods and places, with emphasis on travel literature to the Arab World, or by Arabs to other parts of the World. …

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