Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 54 | 2018

Il Cairo: luoghi semi-ufficiali e personaggi eccentrici nei romanzi di Shalabī e Abū Julayyil

Cristina Dozio
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia
cristina.dozio@unimi.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/005

Submitted 16 Jan 2018
Accepted 23 Mar 2018

Abstract

Cairo is a constantly expanding and changing megalopolis, whose residents negotiate the binary oppositions of centre/periphery, development/poverty, and local/global. This paper investigates the literary representation of the Egyptian capital in four novels by Shalabī and Abū Julayyil published between 1981 and 2008. Firstly, it overviews recent scholarship about the literary geography of Cairo. Then, it examines the narrative techniques employed by Shalabī and Abū Julayyil to portray semi-official spaces, such as historical palaces now in decline, hash dens, shantytowns, and buildings on the verge of collapse. I argue that these spaces interact with the rest of the city, while developing a highly local culture, embodied by eccentric humorous characters.

Keywords
Egyptian novel. Old Cairo. Travelogue. Hash den. Shantytowns. Microcosm. Humour.

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Dozio Cristina

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Il Cairo: luoghi semi-ufficiali e personaggi eccentrici nei romanzi di Shalabī e Abū Julayyil

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Journal Article

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it

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http://doi.org/10.14277/2385-3042/2018/001/05

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Cairo is a constantly expanding and changing megalopolis, whose residents negotiate the binary oppositions of centre/periphery, development/poverty, and local/global. This paper investigates the literary representation of the Egyptian capital in four novels by Shalabī and Abū Julayyil published between 1981 and 2008. Firstly, it overviews recent scholarship about the literary geography of Cairo. Then, it examines the narrative techniques employed by Shalabī and Abū Julayyil to portray semi-official spaces, such as historical palaces now in decline, hash dens, shantytowns, and buildings on the verge of collapse. I argue that these spaces interact with the rest of the city, while developing a highly local culture, embodied by eccentric humorous characters.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 54 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-06-25

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2018-01-16

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2018-03-23

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Egyptian novel

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Old Cairo

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Travelogue

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Hash den

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Shantytowns

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Microcosm

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Humour

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