9781860649837

The Arabian Nights A Companion

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  • ISBN13:

    9781860649837

  • ISBN10:

    1860649831

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-17
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

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Summary

Very few people, even specialists in literature, have a clear idea of when The Arabian Nights was written or what exactly it is.Widely held in contempt in the Middle East for its frivolity and occasional obscenity, the Nights has nevertheless had a major influence on European and American culture, to the extent that the story collection must be considered as a key work in Western Literature.A full understanding of the writings of Voltaire, Dickens, Melville, Proust, and Borges, or even the origins of science fiction, is impossible without some familiarity with the stories of the Nights. The Arabian Nights: A Companion guides the reader into this celebrated labyrinth of storytelling. It traces the development of the stories from prehistoric India and Pharaonic Egypt to modern times. It explores the history of the translation, and explains the ways in which its contents have been added to, plagiarized and imitated. Above all, the book uses the stories as a guide to the social history and the counterculture of the medieval Near East and the world of the storyteller, the snake charmer, the burglar, the sorcerer, the drug addict, the treasure hunter and the adulterer.

Author Biography

Robert Irwin is the Middle East editor for the Times Literary Supplement and a prolific author.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second Edition vii
Introduction 1(236)
1 Beautiful Infidels
9(33)
2 The Book without Authors
42(21)
3 Oceans of stories
63(40)
4 The storyteller's Craft
103(17)
5 street Entertainments
120(20)
6 Low Life
140(19)
7 Sexual Fictions
159(19)
8 The Universe of Marvels
178(36)
9 Formal Readings
214(23)
10 Children of the Nights 237(56)
Chronology 293(6)
Notes 299(28)
Index 327

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