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date: 05 December 2020

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This chapter examines the development of the novel in Egypt since 1960, with particular emphasis on the processes undergone by fiction writing in a period of rapid transformations. It first considers how Egypt’s defeat in the Six Day War against Israel in 1967 raised more inquiries into national history and promoted a new outlook on local and global relations, leading to increasing innovation in novelistic form. It then explores works by various authors who sought to rewrite the past, to narrate the nation in a counter-discourse that emphasizes the right to sovereignty, to represent the marginalized masses and the Nubian Diaspora, and to shape an alternative modernity. It also discusses Egyptian novels by writers using Arabic in Diaspora who challenged established constructs that have excluded those living in the periphery, along with those who represented ephemeral subjectivities.

Keywords: Egyptian novel, Egypt, fiction, Nubian novel, modernity, nationalism, the marginalized

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