<b>Dr Ramzi and Mr Sharaf</b> Sonallah Ibrahim and the duplicity of the literary field

Samia Mehrez

in Egypt's Culture Wars

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163746
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970399 | DOI:
Dr Ramzi and Mr Sharaf Sonallah Ibrahim and the duplicity of the literary field

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January 1997 marked the end of the expected intervals between Sonallah Ibrahim's past and most recent novels. Dhat had appeared in May 1992 and, with the advent of 1997, Ibrahim's Egyptian and Arab audiences greeted the new year with the publication of the opening chapters of his new novel Sharaf, serialized, for the first time ever in Ibrahim's 30-year career as a writer, on the pages of Cairo's weekly literary paper, Akhbar al–Adab.This chapter examines this change as a revelatory moment in recent developments of the literary field in Egypt today. It looks at some of the values and dynamics within the literary field in Egypt as they become evident through a close reading of one text and one episode in the recent history of the field: Gamal al–Ghitani's laudatory editorial that accompanied the appearance of the first chapters of Sharaf on the pages of Akhbar al–Adab.

Keywords: Sharaf; January 1997; Egypt; Akhbar al–Adab; Gamal al–Ghitani

Chapter.  8365 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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