Resistance in an age of confusion. (c2008)

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dc.contributor.author Moukarzel, Rima
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-03T11:15:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-03T11:15:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-11-03
dc.date.submitted 2008-09-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/957
dc.description Includes bibliographical referenes (leaves 93-94). en_US
dc.description.abstract This study traces the distinctiveness of three nineteenth- and twentieth-century English and Arabic versions of Omar Khayyam's eleventh-century Persian Ruba 'iyyat. In this thesis, I argue that Edward Fitzgerald's, Ahmad Najafi's and Ahmad Rami's versions of the Ruba 'iyyat are products of their socio-political contexts and individual creative works despite the fact that they were categorized at the time of their publication as mere translations. This thesis argues that Khayyam's Ruba 'iyyat as well as, the British and Arab poems resist numerous aesthetic, political and social aspects of their ages. Fitzgerald's quatrains spoke against the excesses of nineteenth-century industrialization and called for a slowdown and a reconsideration of prevalent values. Najafi and Rami, in Iraq and Egypt respectively, voiced through their work strong opposition to colonial hegemony in the twentieth century. Each, however, employed a different means of "recapturing" a lost Arab identity. Najafi's ruba 'is promoted a return to the ancient literary glories of the Abbasid period while Rami's ruba 'is proposed a refuge in religious fervor. The dual political and poetic elements of these poems suggest that the importance of this study lies at least partly in its breaking down of the distinction between the categories of "resistance" and "aesthetic" poetry. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject FitzGerald, Edward -- 1809-1883 -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject Safi al-Najafi, Ahmad -- b. 1897 -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject Rami, Ahmad -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject Omar Khayyam -- Rubaiyat en_US
dc.title Resistance in an age of confusion. (c2008) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle Creative versions of the Ruba'iyyat in Britain, Iraq and Egypt en_US
dc.term.submitted Summer II en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200202313 en_US
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: iii, 94 leaves; 31 cm. Available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Comparative Literature en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2008.47 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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