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By Hala Halim

Interrogating how Alexandria grew to become enshrined because the exemplary cosmopolitan house within the center East, this e-book mounts an intensive critique of Eurocentric conceptions of cosmopolitanism. The dominant account of Alexandrian cosmopolitanism elevates issues ecu within the city’s tradition and concurrently locations issues Egyptian lower than the signal of decline. The booklet 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 keeps 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 numerous positions starting from Orientalist to anticolonial. The ebook then turns to Bernard de Zogheb, an almost unpublished author, and elicits his camp parodies of elite Levantine mores in operettas, one among which facilities on Cavafy. Drawing on Arabic serious and historic 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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