Volume 18, Issue 2 (2004) The Arabian Nights: Past and Present
Preface to the Special Issue on “The Arabian Nights: Past and Present”
Ulrich Marzolph, Guest Editor
As of 2004, three hundred years have passed since the introduction of the most influential work of Oriental fiction to a Western audience. Published in 1704 for the first time in a European language, Antoine Galland’s Les Mille et une Nuits presented the adapted French translation of a work that through the centuries of its previous and posterior existence can best be characterized as humanity’s most ingenious device to integrate diversified narrative material into a cohesive whole, as a collection possessing the potential to combine tales and stories from the most diverse origins, sources, and genres, as an omnium gatherum and a true shape-shifter in terms of narrative content. While arching back to ancient Indian tradition, the collection probably originated at some unknown period in Sassanian Iran under the title of Hezâr afsân (A Thousand Stories); it was translated into Arabic as Alf laylah wa-laylah (A Thousand and One Nights) and in English tradition gained popular renown as The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments or simply the Arabian Nights.Read more...
From the Editor
Slave-Girl Lost and Regained: Transformations of a Story
Geert Jan van Gelder
Jacques Cazotte, His Hero Xaïloun, and Hamîda the Kaslân: A Unique Feature of Cazotte’s “Continuation” of the Arabian Nights and a Newly Discovered Arabic Source That Inspired His Novel on Xaïloun
Open Access Article
From the WSU Press Catalog
The Arabian Nights in Transnational Perspective offers numerous commentaries on the well-known tale. Published by Wayne State University Press in 2007, this collection comes together to explore the tale’s many translations, adaptations, and oral tradition.
Edited by Ulrich Marzolph, this collection includes ten articles from Marvels & Tales, volume 18, issue 2, as well as nine new essays.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Arabian Nights in Transnational Perspective or to purchase a copy of this collection, please visit the Press’s website page dedicated to this book.