Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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f igur e s
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...1. Etching by Ahmad Mursi inspired by C. P. Cavafy’s poetry, 3. Interior of al-Busiri Mosque, with “al-Burda” inscribed on a frieze, and detail showing verses from “al-Burda.” 15111. ‘Ali, left, reciting Cavafy’s “The City,” as Firas listens, 12. Recital of Cavafy’s “Ithaca” in Ibrahim El Batout’s Ithaki. 304...
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From Alexandria, where it all began, this project has taken me to sev-eral cities where I incurred many a pleasurable debt. First and fore-most, I wish to express my gratitude to Vincent P. Pecora for his rig-orous guidance and generous spirit as my graduate advisor. His faith in my work continues to inspirit me long after leaving the University ...
a bbr ev i at ions
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CPCCP Cavafy, C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems [trans. Keeley and “TE” Forster, “The Trouble in Egypt. Treatment of the Fellahin”VAHH De Zogheb, “La Vita Alessandrina,” Hala Halim collection ...
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Alexandria in the twenties was a European city, where Italian, French, Greek or English were heard far more often than Arabic. The city was beautiful, and so clean that one could have eaten off the streets. Anything from Europe could be found in Alexandria for half the price: cinemas, res-taurants, dance halls . . . But all that was for the foreigners. We could only ...
cha p t er on eOf Greeks, Barbarians,Philhellenes, Hellenophones,and Egyptiotes
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In the second volume of his study L’Hellénisme et l’Égypte moderne, subtitled Contribution de l’Hellénisme au développement de l’Égypte moderne (1930), Athanase G. Politis, the historian of the Greek com-munity in Egypt, concludes with the chapter “La vie intellectuelle et artistique des Hellènes en Égypte,” a good portion of which is devoted ...
cha p t er twoOf Hellenized Cosmopolitanismand Colonial Subalternity
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When E. M. Forster arrived in Alexandria toward the end of 1915 to work for the Red Cross as a “searcher” of news of soldiers wounded or missing in action, he was suffering from writer’s block. An established novelist, he was grappling with an unfinished novel about India, a country he would be using as a “standard” against which his Egyptian ...
chap t er thr e eUncanny Hybridityinto Neocolonialism
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In 1961, a year after the last volume of Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet was published, Frantz Fanon presciently diagnosed in The Wretched of the Earth the predicament of national consciousness in decolonized countries, decrying “the apathy of the national bourgeoi-sie, its mediocrity, and its deeply cosmopolitan nature.”1 The obsta-...
cha p t er four“Polypolis” and Levantine Camp
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Spending a few days in Rome in 1957 as part of his annual trip to Europe, Bernard de Zogheb noted in his diary: “I went to mass at the Greek Catholic church round the corner: Saint Athanase. I wondered how many people in the congregation were Levantines.”1 The reference to Levantines, though of a piece with some of the ...
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Foundation myths, for all the skepticism they arouse, not uncommonly return to haunt. The myth of an Alexander who founded Alexandria to become a cosmopolis returned with some force at the turn of the millennium. The occasion was the proposal of an equestrian statue of the Macedonian, to occupy a main intersection at one end of the old-...
not e s
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...1. Very occasionally, as when transliterating the phrase from a folkloric adage, I reproduce colloquial Egyptian pronunciation. I borrow in this para-graph some phrases from my 2002 article “On being an Alexandrian.” This article is a version of a presentation titled “Cosmopolitan Alexandria and Postcolonial Melancholia: The Case of Youssef Chahine” that I gave on a panel ...
wor ks c i t ed
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Texts published in Arabic before the twentieth century are treated as primary ‘Abd al-Majid, Ibrahim. Bayt al-Yasmin. Cairo: Dar al-Fikr li-l-Dirasat wa-———[Abdel Meguid, Ibrahim]. Birds of Amber. Translated by Farouk ———. La Ahad Yanam fi al-Iskandariyya. Cairo: Dar al-Hilal, 1996.———[Abdel Meguid, Ibrahim]. No One Sleeps in Alexandria. Translated ...
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Illustrations: 10 b/w
Publication Year: 2013