Description in Classical Arabic Poetry: Wa F, Ekphrasis, and Interarts Theory

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Oktober 2003



This volume deals with "wa?f" or description which is one of the salient characteristics of the "qa dah" (classical Arabic poetry) tradition. The Introduction offers the theoretical background of "wa?f" and ekphrasis ("verbal representation of non-verbal texts" in its modern sense) that can be considered a Western counterpart of "wa?f," The main part of the book examines descriptive passages in a selected group of Arabic "qa dah" from different ages (J?hil?, Abbasid, Andalusian) with the motifs of horses, bees and honey-gathering, visual artifacts, performance of song, and architecture. Approaching the Arabic ode in light of modern Western critical theory, including the theories of ekphrasis and of interarts studies, this work is original and innovative, so it leads to a new understanding of a major form of traditional Arabic poetry.


Motoyoshi Sumi, Ph.D. (2001) in Arabic Literature, Indiana University, is Assistant Professor at Kyoto Notre Dame University, Japan. She has published a number of articles on classical Arabic poetry including "Poetry and Portraiture: A Double Portrait in an Arabic Panegyric by Ibn Zamrak"(JAL 30, no. 3, 1999).
EAN: 9789004129221
ISBN: 9004129227
Untertitel: 'Brill Studies in Middle Easter'. Sprache: Arabisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2003
Seitenanzahl: 258 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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