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The Changing Value of Alf Laylah Wa Laylah for Nineteenth-Century Arabic, Persian, and English Readerships

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This article traces the social and cultural circumstances of nineteenth-century compilations and translations of Alf Laylah wa Laylah into English, Arabic, or Persian, in particular to gauge what cultural value these modern editions were thought to hold for their readerships. Through an examination of the critical discourse around the text, it can be shown how the text's cultural value was transformed through "transactions"—the translations and appropriations. The transformation of the value of the text during this period illuminates the changing social role of literary practice and consumption in these societies.

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2005-11-01
2016-12-04

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