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Representations: Children’s Literature: Egypt
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The term “children’s literature” as we know it today, a genre of literature written especially for children, addressing their needs and interests, and reflecting their cultural and sociopolitical environment, did not exist in Egypt until the beginning of the twentieth century. What existed prior to that date were sporadic attempts at creating a body of literature that would cater to children’s need for entertainment. Early attempts included stories, epics, myths, and legends, many of which were …

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Soliman, Mounira Gamal, “Representations: Children’s Literature: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0716>
First published online: 2011

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