Memos from the Besieged City: Lifelines for Cultural by Djelal Kadir

By Djelal Kadir

Memos from the Besieged City argues for the institutional and cultural relevance of literary learn via foundational figures, from the 1200s to this day, who defied precarious situations to make major contributions to literacy and civilization within the face of infelicitous human acts. concentrating on traditionally important crossroads—Baghdad, Florence, Byzantium, Istanbul, Rome, Paris, manhattan, Mexico urban, Jerusalem, Beijing, Stockholm, Warsaw—Kadir appears to be like at how unconventional and nonconformist writings outline literacy, tradition, and highbrow dedication. encouraged by way of political refugee and literary student Erich Auerbach's path-breaking Mimesis, and expert through past due twentieth-century ideological and methodological upheavals, the booklet displays on literacy and dissidence at a second whilst literary disciplines, canons, and theories are being reassessed below the strain of globalization and transculturation. on the leading edge of a moral flip within the comparative research of cultures and their literary legacies, it reminds us of the easiest humanity can produce.

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