• Samah Selim
Part of the Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World book series (LCIW)


In the Introduction, Selim provides a summary of the book’s main theses and situates them within a range of interdisciplinary fields, mainly translation studies, comparative and world literature studies and nahda studies. She reflects on each of the keywords in the book’s title—nahda, popular fiction and translation—and outlines a theory of literary and cultural adaptation that operates as a tool for critiquing essentialist and proprietary notions of self and text that have structured nahda discourse in Egypt.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samah Selim
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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