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. 37, Annual

Abstracts of Articles (Alphabetically by Last Name)
Journalistic Reception of Layla Ba'albakki's Literary Discourse Shereen Abouelnaga This article explores the relationship between the literary field and journalistic reception that is governed by specific ideological trends. The complexity of...
Al-Kawakibi: From Political Journalism to a Political Science of the "Liberal" Arab Muslim
In 1902, 'Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi was assassinated. After traveling to India, Zanzibar, the Arabian Peninsula, and North Africa, he was poisoned in Cairo's Cafe Istanbul in front of his friend Muhammad Rashid Rida (al-Sahmarani 12; S. Z. al-Kawakibi...
Cultural Journals and Modern Arabic Literature: A Historical Overview
The genesis of modern Arabic literature can be seen as the outcome of a wider process of modernization with its different perceptions of space and time. Such a cultural transition led to the emergence of a new reading public and a change in literary...
Fictional Boundaries in the "Journalistic Fiction" of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Rabee Jaber
... novel and report are sons of the same mother. --Gabriel Garcia Marquez This novel is a work of fiction and any resemblance between its characters, events and places with real-life characters, events and places is purely coincidental and unintentional....
Intermediality and Cultural Journalism
Painter and poet; poet and painter: Ahmed Morsi (b. 1930), for decades well-known in the first order, lately on occasion in the second, is here presented in a different light, namely in relation to his cultural journalism. That Morsi's longest professional...
Mediating Iltizam: The Discourse on Translation in the Early Years of Al-Adab
Introduction From its first issue, published in January 1953, the Lebanese monthly journal al-Adab developed and disseminated a particular strand of existentialist philosophy: what Jean-Paul Sartre called engagement, typically translated in English...
"Nahda": Mapping a Keyword in Cultural Discourse
The word "nahda" today may appear in quite different contexts. The term most often used to render the word "renaissance," for instance European Renaissance, in Arabic (see e.g. Hans Wehr), it is also the name of an Islamic political party in Tunisia....
Printed Matter(s): Critical Histories and Perspectives on Tunisian Cultural Journals
In a 1974 interview with Nouvelles litteraires, Mahmud al-Mas'adi (1911-2004), who served as Minister of Cultural Affairs between 1973 and 1976, addressed the cultural challenges and opportunities that availed themselves to a newly independent Tunisia....
Re-Formed Discourse: Awraq, Journal of the Syrian Writers' Association
Since the beginning of the uprisings in Syria in March 2011, there has been no shortage of cultural productions from practitioners living both inside and outside Syria whose works process and imagine the revolution. Regardless of whether they are amateurs...
Richard Wright as a Cold War Literary Journalist
"Journalists do not write articles. They write stories," quips Allan Bell (147). The converse could also be true. Novelists do not always write fiction: Daniel Defoe, Jack London, Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, Ishmael Reed, Robert Coover, and...
The Cultural Newspaper Akhbar Al-Adab and the Making of Egypt's "Nineties Generation"
In the 1990s, there were two conditions of literary authorship in Egypt: 1. writing and publishing literary works and 2. participating in the literary scene. When a loosely affiliated group of predominately young writers--including Mustafa Zikri, Miral...
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