Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Egypt's Culture WarsPolitics and Practice$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163746

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CAIRO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cairo.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The American University in Cairo Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CSO for personal use.date: 17 October 2019

Children of our alley The AUC Naguib Mahfouz Award and the Egyptian Literary field

Children of our alley The AUC Naguib Mahfouz Award and the Egyptian Literary field

Chapter:
(p.41) 2 Children of our alley The AUC Naguib Mahfouz Award and the Egyptian Literary field
Source:
Egypt's Culture Wars
Author(s):

Samia Mehrez

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.003.0004

This chapter uses Naguib Mahfouz's 1959 novel Awlad haratina (English translation Children of Our Alley, 1996) and its representation of the status of the scribe of the alley as an extended metaphor to look at the literati themselves and the politics and battles that permeate the constrained and globally dependent literary field in Egypt through a reading of the American University in Cairo (AUC) annual Naguib Mahfouz Award over the past 11 years. By focusing on the nature of the battles that erupt yearly after the announcement of the prize, the discussion explores issues of class and gender, as well as cultural and national belonging that on the one hand circumscribe the literary field and on the other situate it within a global context.

Keywords:   Awlad haratina, Cairo, Naguib Mahfouz, Al–Ahram, Ferial Ghazoul, Children of Our Alley

Cairo Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .