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In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt

Michael Allan

Abstract

We have grown accustomed to understanding world literature as a collection of national or linguistic traditions bound together in the universality of storytelling. This book challenges this way of thinking and argues instead that the disciplinary framework of world literature, far from serving as the neutral meeting ground of national literary traditions, levels differences between scripture, poetry, and prose, and fashions textual forms into a particular pedagogical, aesthetic, and ethical practice. The book examines the shift from Qur'anic schooling to secular education in colonial Egypt and ... More

Keywords: world literature, reading, textuality, critique, subjectivity, Qur'an, education, Rosetta Stone, Charles Darwin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691167824
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167824.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Allan, author
University of Oregon