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Scheherazade's Children

Scheherazade's Children

Global Encounters with the Arabian Nights

by Marina Warner and Philip F. Kennedy
Hardback
Publication Date: 08/11/2013
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Scheherazade's Children gathers together leading scholars to explore the reverberations of the tales of the Arabian Nights across a startlingly wide and transnational range of cultural endeavors. The contributors, drawn from a wide array of disciplines, extend their inquiries into the book's metamorphoses on stage and screen as well as in literature-from India to Japan, from Sanskrit mythology to British pantomime, from Baroque opera to puppet shows. Their highly original research illuminates little-known manifestations of the Nights, and provides unexpected contexts for understanding the book's complex history. Polemical issues are thereby given unprecedented and enlightening interpretations.

Organized under the rubrics of Translating, Engaging, and Staging, these essays view the Nights corpus as a uniquely accretive cultural bundle that absorbs the works upon which it has exerted influence. In this view, the Arabian Nights is a dynamic, living and breathing cross-cultural phenomenon that has left its mark on fields as disparate as the European novel and early Indian cinema. While scholarly, the writers' approach is also lively and entertaining, and the book is richly illustrated with unusual materials to deliver a sparkling and highly original exploration of the Arabian Nights' radiating influence on world literature, performance, and culture.
ISBN:
9781479840311
9781479840311
Category:
The arts: general issues
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
08-11-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
New York University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
466
Dimensions (mm):
229x153x30mm
Weight:
0.83kg

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