Challenging prevalent conceptualizations of modernityGCowhich treat it either as a Western ideology imposed by colonialism or as a universal narrative of progress and innovationGCothis study instead offers close readings of the simultaneous performances and contestations of modernity staged in works by authors such as RifaGCOa al-Tahtawi, Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, Tayeb Salih, Hanan al-Shaykh, Hamdi Abu Golayyel, and Ahmad Alaidy.In dialogue with affect theory, deconstruction, and psychoanalysis, the book reveals these trials to be a violent and ongoing confrontation with and within modernity. In pointed and witty prose, El-Ariss bridges the gap between Nahda (the so-called Arab project of Enlightenment) and postcolonial and postmodern fiction.
Trials of Arab Modernity
Fordham University Press
Literary Affects and the New Political