World Literature and Its Times, Volume 6: Middle Eastern Literature and Their Times By Joyce Moss Number Of Pages: 585 Publication Date: 2004-07 ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0787637319 ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780787637316
The works chosen for inclusion in World Literature and Its Times, Volume 6: Middle Eastern Literatures and Their Times have been carefully selected by the university professors listed in Acknowledgments. Keeping the literature-history connection in mind, the team made its selections based on a combination of factors: how frequently a literary work is studied, how closely it is tied to pivotal events in the past or present, how strong and enduring its appeal has been to readers in and out of the society that produced it, and how well it helps represent the breadth of the four major literatures of the region (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish) over the centuries. Attention has been paid to modern as well as classic works that have met with critical and/or popular acclaim and to foundational literary and scriptural texts of the region. There has also been a careful effort to represent female and other minority voices and to cover a mix of genres while at the same time acknowledging that for centuries poetry was the most celebrated medium in the Middle East.