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City of Beginnings

Robyn Creswell


This book is an exploration of modernism in Arabic poetry, a movement that emerged in Beirut during the 1950s and became the most influential and controversial Arabic literary development of the twentieth century. The book introduces English-language readers to a poetic movement that will be uncannily familiar—and unsettlingly strange. It provides an intellectual history of Lebanon during the early Cold War, when Beirut became both a battleground for rival ideologies and the most vital artistic site in the Middle East. Arabic modernism was centered on the legendary magazine Shi'r (“Poetry”), w ... More

Keywords: Arabic poetry, Lebanon, Cold War, Arabic modernism, Adonis, Yusuf al-Khal, Unsi al-Hajj, Ezra Pound, Saint-John Perse, Antonin Artaud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691182186
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691182186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robyn Creswell, author
Yale University