Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive

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HALIM, H. ALEXANDRIAN COSMOPOLITANISM. AN ARCHIVE. ITHACA, NY, 2013, 448 p.,figuras. Encuadernacion original. Nuevo.

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“The institution of Orientalist categories―and the new understanding of history through which these categories are given―set the terms for what came to be rendered as literary history, Arabic and others, and one legacy of this setting of terms is imparted through “the discourse of Alexandrian cosmopolitanism,” which Hala Halim considers in her stunning intervention Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive.”

Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism is a treasure trove of information and original, groundbreaking critical insights not only on four important authors of world literature, but also on a city which is as versatile and inspiring as Venice, for instance, with its uniqueness, literary aspect, and history.

The strength of this work lies in Halim's ability to offer a much-needed postcolonial critique on the ubiquitous literary trope of Alexandrians, as a cosmopolitan city. Author: Mara Naaman

In her 'Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism; An Archive,' Hala Halim explores enduring and critical literary constructs of Alexandria and its long touted "cosmopolitanism. " Halim's Text will be of great interest to students of comparative literature, cosmopolitanism, postcolonial writing and Mediterranean studies.

Hala Halim's book is a provocative and erudite study of the modern European literary discourses that have constructed Alexandria as the exemplary site of what we might call cosmopolitan desire.

“The masterful culmination of years of research by a world expert on Alexandria.... Halim...introduces Egyptian writers, such as Edwar Al-Kharrat and Ibrahim Abdel Meguid, into the previously predominantly European dialogue.”

“...a key reference for studies of Alexandria.”

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Hala Halim is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University.

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