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INTRODUZIONE

ANTONELLA GHERSETTI
Quaderni di Studi Arabi
Nuova Serie, Vol. 3 (2008), pp. 3-8
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25803043
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

This special section of QSA is devoted to investigating how places have been perceived in Arabic literature, and which semiotic and symbolic values their literary representation has taken on. This investigation is based on the idea that place and its mental representation have a meaningful value in constructing culture, and that at the same time culture itself is shaped in spatial terms. The difference between real topography and its mental representation is particularly evident in the literary sphere. The essays published below illustrate the importance of places as parts of cultural construction and of individual and collective identities in Arabic literature, however different the subjects, techniques and literary approaches may be. Real and imaginary places, places which are not such, the places of power, the places of knowledge, towns and their parts (e.g., the ḥammām, the market), frontiers, seas and islands, etc., are all represented in the wider framework of Arabic literature.

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