"A survey of the Arabic novel and its development from its beginnings in the nineteenth century. . . . It traces the origin of the Arabic novel, its early cultivation and its mature period after World War II, then caps the discussion with a detailed analysis of eleven outstanding novels. . . . Fills a real need."—World Literature Today
"A well planned and carefully written book. . . . This much-needed introductory work is a welcome addition to our still sparse and slowly growing body of knowledge on modern Arabic literature."—Modern Fiction Studies
"The intimate familiarity with the contemporary literary scene in the Arab world, so amply documented in Professor Allen’s reference to Arabic critical writings, his firm grasp of the theoretical frameworks and practical tools of criticism, and the simple good taste which abounds in this introduction should serve as standards for any critic dealing with modern Arabic literature."—The Middle East Studies Association Bulletin
Roger Allen is the author of A Period of Time: al-Muwaylihi’s Hadith ‘Isa ibn Hisham (2nd ed., 1992) and Modern Arabic Literature (1987). He has written and translated numerous articles on modern Arabic fiction and drama on Arabic language pedagogy. He taught Arabic language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.