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date: 20 November 2019

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This chapter discusses the development of the novel in Jordan. It first provides an overview of the beginnings of the novel as a genre in Jordan, focusing on works that tend to be filled with direct, almost sermon-like, preaching, digressions into various unrelated topics, and popular psychological analysis. It then considers the maturation of the novel in Jordan, noting how the collapse of the dominant ideologies of nationalism associated with Egypt’s Nasser and the Syrian Ba‘ath Party seems to have worked as an impetus for a new kind of novel writing in the country. It also looks at a younger generation of Jordanian authors, along with the significant leap in Jordanian novelistic production from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. Finally, it examines the emergence of the historical novel and the works of women authors.

Keywords: Jordanian novel, Jordan, nationalism, Jordanian authors, historical novel, women authors

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