Looking Back at Al-Andalus: The Poetics of Loss and Nostalgia in Medieval Arabic and Hebrew Literature

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BRILL, 2009 - 185 oldal
"Looking Back at al-Andalus" focuses on Arabic and Hebrew Literature that expresses the loss of al-Andalus from multiple vantage points. In doing so, this book examines the definition of al-Andalusa (TM) literary borders, the reconstruction of which navigates between traditional generic formulations and actual political, military and cultural challenges. By looking at a variety of genres, the book shows that literature aiming to recall and define al-Andalus expresses a series of symbolic literary objects more than a geographic and political entity fixed in a single time and place. "Looking Back at al-Andalus" offers a unique examination into the role of memory, language, and subjectivity in presenting a series of interpretations of what al-Andalus represented to different writers at different historical-cultural moments.
 

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Introduction The Poetics of Loss and Nostalgia in Muslim Spain
1
the Andalusï rithä almudun in the Arabic Elegiac Tradition
15
Poetry into Prose in alSaraqustïs Qayrawan Maqäma
51
Chapter Three AlAndalus and Sefarad in the Hebrew Qasïda
81
Looking East West and South for Andalusï Identity
117
Conclusion A Final Look Back
151
Appendix Select Arabic and Hebrew Texts
155
Works Cited
171
Index
181
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Alexander E. Elinson is Assistant Professor of Arabic at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

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