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Middle Eastern Gothics

Literature, Spectral Modernities and the Restless Past

A collection of studies on the Gothic in the Middle East and North Africa.

This is the first collection to cover Gothic literature from the Middle East and North Africa, surveying each of the major Middle Eastern languages—Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. In these languages and contexts, the Gothic helps express ongoing literary negotiations with modernity, leaving its distinctive mark on representations of globalization, postcolonialism, and nationalism. At the same time, Middle Eastern literary texts expand the boundaries of the mode on their own terms, refracting broad histories through local and indigenous forms, figures, and narratives commonly associated with the Gothic.

232 pages | 2 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Gothic Literary Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Middle Eastern Studies

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Notes on Transliteration
Introduction: (Re-)Orienting the Gothic - Karen Grumberg
Part I. Tracing the Gothic in Middle Eastern Literatures
1.Maqamat: Towards the Middle Eastern Gothic of the War on Terror - Jacob Berman
2.The Iranian Gothic and its Parts - Michael Beard
Part II. Spectralised Modernities
3.Gothicising the Ottoman Past and Building Modern Turkey in Turkish Novels of the 1920s - Tugçe Biçakçi Syed
4.Revival and Decay: On the Politics of Gothic Ambivalences in Modern Hebrew Literature - Roni Masel
5.Efendi Gothic: A Forgotten Prehistory of the Arabic Novel - Alexandra Shraytekh (Chreiteh)
6.The Call of Kimya: Re-Writing Sufi Ghosts in Ahmet Ümit’s The Dervish Gate - Adriana Raducanu
Part III. Violence, Catastrophe, Trauma: Gothic Literalised
7.Saharan Gothic: Desert Necrofiction in Maghrebi and Middle Eastern Desert Literature - Brahim El Guabli
8.‘Well-Founded Fear’: Dead Narrators, Displaced Authors in Iraqi Gothic Fiction - Federico Pozzoli

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