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Laugh like an Egyptian: Humour in the Contemporary Egyptian Novel

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Laugh like an Egyptian: Humour in the Contemporary Egyptian Novel

Cristina Dozio, "Laugh like an Egyptian: Humour in the Contemporary Egyptian Novel "
English | ISBN: 3110725290 | 2021 | 200 pages | EPUB, PDF | 2 MB + 1044 KB

Egyptians are known among the Arabs as awlād al-nukta, Sons of the Jokes, for their ability to laugh in face of adversity. This creative weapon has been directed against socio-political targets both in times of oppression and popular upheaval, such as the 2011 Tahrir Revolution. This book looks at the literary expression of Egyptian humour in the novels of Muḥammad Mustajāb, Khayrī Shalabī, and Ḥamdī Abū Julayyil, three writers who revive the comic tradition to innovate the language of contemporary fiction. Their modern tricksters, wise fools, and antiheroes play with the stereotypical traits attached to the ordinary Egyptians, while laughing at the universal contradictions of life. This ability to combine local and global culture, literary traditions and popular references, makes them a stimulating read in an intercultural perspective.
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