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Egypt's Culture WarsPolitics and Practice$
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Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163746

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.001.0001

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Dr Ramzi and Mr Sharaf Sonallah Ibrahim and the duplicity of the literary field

Dr Ramzi and Mr Sharaf Sonallah Ibrahim and the duplicity of the literary field

(p.25) 1 Dr Ramzi and Mr Sharaf Sonallah Ibrahim and the duplicity of the literary field
Egypt's Culture Wars

Samia Mehrez

American University in Cairo Press

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

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