The Edinburgh Companion to the Postcolonial Middle East

Edited by Anna Ball, Karim Mattar

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Develops a new ‘post/colonial’ model of Middle Eastern literary and cultural modernity

This Edinburgh Companion seeks to develop a postcolonial framework for addressing the Middle East. The first collection of essays on this subject, it assembles some of the world’s foremost postcolonialists to explore the critical, theoretical and disciplinary possibilities that inquiry into this region opens for postcolonial studies.

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1. Dialectics of Post/Colonial Modernity in the Middle East: A Critical, Theoretical, and Disciplinary Overview; Anna Ball and Karim Mattar
2. Edward Said and the Institution of Postcolonial Studies; Karim Mattar
3. Postcolonialism and Modern Arabic Literature: Twenty-First Century Horizons; Waïl S. Hassan
4. Interview with Ahdaf Soueif; Anna Ball
5. Interview with Sinan Antoon; Karim Mattar

I. The Colonial Encounter: Discourses of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism 
6. Between the Postcolonial and the Middle East: Writing the Subaltern in the Arab World; Juan R. I. Cole
7. Orientalism and World Literature: A Re-Reading of Cosmopolitanism in Ṭāhā Ḥusayn’s Literary World; Wen-Chin Ouyang
8. On Orientalist Genealogies: The Split Arab / Jew Figure Revisited; Ella Shohat
9. Colonial Violence, Law, and Justice in Egypt; Stephen Morton
10. Peripheral Visions: Translational Polemics and Feminist Arguments in Colonial Egypt; Marilyn Booth
11. Reimagining the Ottoman Legacy; Erdağ Göknar

II. States of Post/Coloniality: Politics, Religion, Gender, Sexuality 
12. Postcolonial Nations: Political or Poetic Allegories? (On Tahar Djaout’s L’Invention du désert); Réda Bensmaïa
13. Passing Away: Despair, Eulogies, and Millennial Palestine; Salah D. Hassan
14. ‘They are in the right because I love them’: Literature and Palestine Solidarity in the 1980s; Anna Bernard
15. Nikes in Nineveh: Daesh, the Ruin, and the Global Logic of Eradication; Sadia Abbas
16. There was no ‘Humble Task’ in the Revolution: Anti-Colonial Activity and Arab Women; Anastasia Valassopoulos
17. The Queerness of Textuality and / as Translation: Ways of Reading Hoda Barakat’s The Stone of Laughter; Lindsey Moore

III. The Post/Colonial Present: Crisis and Engagement in Global Context 
18. Anglophone Arab Autobiography and the Postcolonial Middle East: Najla Said and Hisham Matar; Tahia Abdel Nasser
19. Bare Life in the ‘New Iraq’; Ikram Masmoudi
20. Towards a Globalisation of Contemporary Iranian Literature?: Iranian Literary Blogs and the Evolution of the Literary Field; Laetitia Nanquette
21. Popular Culture and the Arab Spring; Caroline Rooney
22. The Syrian Revolution, Art, and the End of Ideology; miriam cooke
23. Biopolitical Landscapes of the ‘Small Human’: Figuring the Child in the Contemporary Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis in Europe; Anna Ball

24. Afterword: Critical Companionships, Urgent Affiliations; Anna Ball and Karim Mattar

By bringing the Middle East and postcolonial studies into critical conversation, this capacious volume urges us to rethink both, and gives the tools with which to do so. The wide-ranging and thought-provoking essays examine  how the literature and culture of the region critically interrogate and illuminate the dynamics of colonialism, modern imperialism and global capitalism. This is a volume that will become an important landmark in the field.

Ania Loomba, Catherine Bryson Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

The Edinburgh Companion to the Postcolonial Middle East is to be welcomed. The subjects covered are expertly handled and contain a wealth of material on areas of study hitherto well researched but not brought together in this specific context.

Geoffrey Nash, School of African and Oriental Studies, The Muslim World Book Review, 40:2, 2020
Anna Ball is Senior Lecturer in English (Postcolonial Studies) and Co-Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University. She is author of Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective (Routledge, 2012).

Karim Mattar is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a transdisciplinary humanist, and his research and teaching interests are focused around world literature, the history of the novel, the Middle East, the Israel / Palestine conflict, and critical theory. With Anna Ball, he is the co-editor of The Edinburgh Companion to the Postcolonial Middle East (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

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