By Hala Halim
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 forged because the canon of Alexandria. getting to problems with style, gender, ethnicity, and sophistication, she refutes the view that those writers’ representations are mostly congruent and uncovers a number of positions starting from Orientalist to anticolonial. The publication then turns to Bernard de Zogheb, a nearly unpublished author, and elicits his camp parodies of elite Levantine mores in operettas, considered one of which facilities on Cavafy. Drawing on Arabic severe and historic texts, in addition to modern writers’ and filmmakers’ engagement with the canonical triumvirate, Halim orchestrates an Egyptian discussion with the
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Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive by Hala Halim