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Stranger Fictions: A History of the Novel in Arabic Translation

Rebecca C. Johnson


Zaynab, first published in 1913, is widely cited as the first Arabic novel, yet the previous eight decades saw hundreds of novels translated into Arabic from English and French. This vast literary corpus influenced generations of Arab writers but has, until now, been considered a curious footnote in the genre's history. Incorporating these works into the history of the Arabic novel, this book offers a transformative new account of modern Arabic literature, world literature, and the novel. This book rewrites the history of the global circulation of the novel by moving Arabic literature from the ... More

Keywords: Zaynab, Arabic novel, Arab writers, modern Arabic literature, world literature, translation practices, Arab literary modernity, cultural exchange

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501753060
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753060.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca C. Johnson, author
Northwestern University