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Robyn Creswell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691182186

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691182186.001.0001

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The Genealogy of Arabic Modernism

The Genealogy of Arabic Modernism

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(p.52) Chapter Two The Genealogy of Arabic Modernism
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City of Beginnings
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Robyn Creswell

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691182186.003.0003

This chapter attempts to re-create the “internal dialogue” about their pasts as militants that the Shi'r poets chose not to make public. This narrative is centered on the career of Yusuf al-Khal, who as editor in chief played a leading role in determining the principles of the Shi'r movement. But the real protagonists of the story are institutions: the political party, the university, the Cénacle, and the little magazine. These settings constitute the backstory to al-Khal's engagement with the institutions of late modernism itself—the global network of actors and discourses examined in Chapter 1. This focus on institutional history is intended, in part, as a corrective to the Shi'r poets' insistence that modernist literature is the work of heroic, deracinated individuals.

Keywords:   Shi'r poets, Arabic modernism, Shi'r movement, poetry, Yusuf al-Khal, modernist institutions, institutional history

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