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By Hala Halim

Interrogating how Alexandria turned enshrined because the exemplary cosmopolitan house within the heart East, this e-book mounts a thorough critique of Eurocentric conceptions of cosmopolitanism. The dominant account of Alexandrian cosmopolitanism elevates issues eu within the city’s tradition and at the same time locations issues Egyptian less than the signal of decline. The publication is going past this civilization/barbarism binary to track different modes of intercultural solidarity.

Halim provides a comparative examine 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 solid because the canon of Alexandria. getting to problems with style, gender, ethnicity, and sophistication, she refutes the view that those writers’ representations are principally congruent and uncovers a number of positions starting from Orientalist to anticolonial. The booklet then turns to Bernard de Zogheb, a nearly unpublished author, and elicits his camp parodies of elite Levantine mores in operettas, one among which facilities on Cavafy. Drawing on Arabic severe and old 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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