Thanks to his cycle of poems On the carpet of the wind, the Lebanese writer Fawzī al-Ma ͑lūf (1899−1930) is considered one of the most outstanding representatives of Arabic romantic poetry in Latin American exile. This study undertakes a dual approach of topographical and typological analysis to his multifaceted work, which comprises spiritualistic and political as well as love poetry. Finally, comparisons with European romantic and contemporary Arabic poetry present al-Ma ͑lūf’s work in a broader historical context.
Literatures in Context is a peer-reviewed book series devoted to Near Eastern and North African literatures. The editors want the title of the series to be understood programmatically. They presuppose a concept of world literature that includes Near Eastern and North African literatures. What is more, they assume that literatures are in many ways marked by intertextuality, that they constitute readings of extremely diverse earlier texts, and that they are posited within a field of tensions, much broader than their respective national language. For the earlier eras of Near Eastern and North African literatures, this field of tensions geographically covers the regions of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. In modern times, it has become a space of interaction that has long since included “global” Western literatures (and realities). This does not imply that the modern Near Eastern and North African literatures have severed themselves from their predecessors. Instead it is precisely the tension between different sets of references in modern Near Eastern and North African literatures, or their “local historical context”, which is a great part of their attraction, that remains a crucial field of research for the modern scholar.