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Publications [#317976] of miriam cooke


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  1. Cooke, M, Magical realism in Libya, Journal of Arabic Literature, vol. 41 no. 1-2 (April, 2010), pp. 9-21, BRILL [doi] .
    (last updated on 2020/01/17)

    This essay argues that the writings of Libyan Ibrahim al-Kuni, and particularly Nazif al-hajar with its emphasis on animal-human juxtapositions and metamorphoses, should be considered examples of Arab magical realism. The circular narrative tells the story of a multi-generational struggle of a Touareg family with a legendary animal called a waddan. The last scion, he is taken on a trip to the border between the natural and the supernatural where he metamorphoses into the predator, the legendary animal and the history that both contain. © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010.

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