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Seven Essays

Studies in Literature, Drama, and Film

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Abdulla M. Al-Dabbagh

In Seven Essays: Studies in Literature, Drama, and Film, Abdulla Al-Dabbagh’s unique approach to literary and cultural issues succeeds in casting new light on these subjects, revealing innovative fields of research and investigation. Expressed in his usual lucid and eloquent style, this collection of essays deals with themes and topics raised in Al-Dabbagh’s first two books, Literary Orientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism (Lang, 2010) and Shakespeare, the Orient, and the Critics (Lang, 2010). These essays also embrace further exploration in the area of literary criticism and literary theory and venture into the area of film studies. Whether discussing the drama of Shakespeare and Ibsen, Kurdish cinema, or issues of contemporary literary criticism and theory, scholars will find Al-Dabbagh’s fresh compilation of literary studies an essential contribution to the field.
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Preface and Acknowledgments

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Three of the seven essays collected in this book “Race, Gender, and Class in Shakespeare’s Sonnets”, “Shakespeare and EFL: A Personal Experience”, and “The Achievement of Victorian Orientalism” deal with themes and topics raised in my first two books, Literary Orientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism (Peter Lang, 2010) and Shakespeare, the Orient, and the Critics (Peter Lang, 2010). The other three papers “Literary Studies between Theory and Fallacy”, “The Anti-Romantic Reaction in Modern(ist) Criticism”, and “Ibsen’s Dramatic Art: The Structure of the Social Plays” are essays of literary criticism and literary theory. The seventh and last essay, “Language and Identity in the Renaissance of Kurdish Cinema”, ventures into the area of film studies.

Four of these essays have been previously published: “Literary Studies between Theory and Fallacy” in the International Journal of Arabic/English Studies, 16, 2015, 153–60; “The Anti-Romantic Reaction in Modern(ist) Criticism” in Acta Neophilologica, 1–2, 2014, 55–67; “Race, Gender, and Class in Shakespeare’s Sonnets” in the International Journal of Arabic/English Studies, 14, 2013, 25–34; and “Ibsen’s Dramatic Art: The Structure of the Social Plays” in Dirasat, 23, 2, August 1996, 372–78; and one, “Language and Identity in the Renaissance of Kurdish Cinema”, has been accepted for publication, in Film International. I would like to thank the editors of these journals for their permission to ← vii | viii → reprint those essays. I would like also to thank the editors of the following two journals for their permission to reprint my...

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