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Story-Telling Techniques in the Arabian Nights (Studies in Arabic Literature, Vol 15) [Hardcover]

Story-Telling Techniques in the Arabian Nights (Studies in Arabic Literature, Vol 15) [Hardcover]

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This work comprises a literary comparison of surviving alternative versions of selected narrative-cycles from the Nights. Pinault draws on the published Arabic editions--especially Bulaq, MacNaghten, and the fourteenth-century Galland text recently edited by Mahdi--as well as unpublished Arabic manuscripts from libraries in France and North Africa.
The study demonstrates that significantly different versions have survived of some of the most famous tales from the Nights. Pinault notes how individual manuscript redactors employed--and sometimes modified--formulaic phrases and traditional narrative topoi in ways consonant with the themes emphasized in particular versions of a tale. He also examines the redactors' modification of earlier sources--Arabic chronicles and Islamic religious treatises, geographers' accounts and medieval legends--for specific narrative goals. Comparison of the narrative structure of diverse story-collection also sheds new light on the relationship of the embedded subordinate-narrative to the overarching frame-tale.
All cited passages from the Nights and other Arabic story-collections have been fully translated into English.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004095306  
ISBN13  9789004095304  

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