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Form and History in Modern Arabic Poetics

"Modern Arabic poetic forms developed in conversation with the rich Arabic poetic tradition, on one hand, and the Western literary traditions, primarily English and French, on the other. In light of the drastic social and political changes that swept the Arab world in the first half of the 20th century, Western influences often appear in the scholarship on the period to be more prevalent and operative in the rise of the modernist movement. ..." – By Huda Fakhreddine

Plants and Literature

"All accounts of why plants are moving from the margins to the center of literary study point to the cross-pollinations made possible through interdisciplinary studies. William Shakespeare’s poisons notwithstanding, the rise of medical humanities has renewed interest in rhetorical and philological approaches to plants, particularly in classical and medieval scholarship, where substantial bodies of herbal-healing literature survive. ..." – By Susan McHugh

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