The Arabian Nights: A Companion

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, Jan 17, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 342 pages
The Arabian Nights: A Companion guides the reader into this celebrated labyrinth of storytelling. It traces the development of the stories from prehistoric India and Pharaonic Egypt to modern times. It explores the history of the translation, and explains the ways in which its contents have been added to, plagiarized and imitated. Above all, the book uses the stories as a guide to the social history and the counterculture of the medieval Near East and the world of the storyteller, the snake charmer, the burglar, the sorcerer, the drug addict, the treasure hunter and the adulterer.
 

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Contents

Beautiful Infidels
9
The Book without Authors
42
Oceans of Stories
63
The Storytellers Craft
103
Street Entertainments
120
Low Life
140
Sexual Fictions
159
The Universe of Marvels
178
Formal Readings
214
Children of the Nights
237
Chronology
293
Notes
299
Index
327
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Robert Irwin is the Middle East editor for the Times Literary Supplement and a prolific author.

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