© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/008523709X12554960674575 Journal of Arabic Literature 40 (2009) 319-334 brill.nl/jal Retelling “al-Maqāma al-Mad ̣ īriyya”: Intertextuality between a Modern Short Story and a Classical Maqāma Sarra Tlili University of Florida Abstract This paper examines elements of intertextuality between a modern short story and a classical maqāma . “Al-Naqra masdūda”, a 1971 short story by the late Tunisian writer al-Bashīr Khurayyif, recalls al-Hamadhānī’s most famous work, “al-Maqāma al-mad ̣ īriyya”, in subtle yet remarkable ways. In addition to being an appealing work in its own right, “al-Naqra masdūda” represents an original way of interacting with classical Arabic literary heritage. Keywords tradition, modernity, maqāma , short story, characterization, Tunisian, Bashīr Khurayyif, al-Hamadhānī, food, nouveau riche, hospitality, mad ̣ īra , humor The issue of tradition and modernity has been one of the main topics dis- cussed in the ﬁeld of Arabic literature. Many of the studies dealing with this topic have examined the ways in which elements of turāth , or classical heri- tage, are employed in ‘modern’ literature, or, in a more general sense, have explored the diﬀerent links between the classical and the modern in this ﬁeld. In an article written within
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: FOOD; HUMOR; MAQĀMA; AL-HAMADHĀNĪ; SHORT STORY; BASHĪR KHURAYYIF; CHARACTERIZATION; HOSPITALITY; TRADITION; MADĪRA; TUNISIAN; NOUVEAU RICHE; MODERNITY
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