Mouths of the Sevenfold Nile: Modern Egypt in English Fiction
This century has seen a flow of English novels and short stories concerned with modern Egypt. Even though many of them are not of intrinsically high quality, it is interesting to survey them because they reveal the different approaches which the western imagination makes use of when confronting an alien environment. One cannot claim that the English fiction that deals with Egypt forms a genre of its own: in fact, the works separate themselves into several distinct streams—hence the allusion in the title to Virgil’s ‘septemgemini ostia Nili’. These English mouths that speak about the Nile have enough in common in what they say, but also enough variety, for them to be the subject of a comparative and contrastive survey of variations in the treatment of the same overall theme.
KeywordsShort Story Western Desert Arabic Language Egyptian Woman Arabic Literature
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