The group of five encyclopedias is a part of the World Encyclopedia of Literature, published in 1994 by University Press, A French publishing house.
These encyclopedias will be available to Arab intellectuals from next Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and are as follows:
Encyclopedia of Chinese Literature:
This encyclopedia provides the reader with a concise knowledge, accurate and comprehensive of everything related to Chinese literature from its earliest days until the end of the twentieth century.
It includes the definition of authors and their work, literature schools and different literature doctrines. Andre Levy - a researcher in ancient Chinese literature, novelist, Sorbonne graduate - supervised the encyclopedia. He has a PhD on Chinese novels from the University of Bordeaux. Dr. Mohammed Hammoud, Professor at the Faculty of Humanities at the Lebanese University, translated the encyclopedia.
Encyclopedia of Brazilian Literature:
Unlike other Latin American countries, Brazilian literature is in Portuguese, not Spanish. Belonging to this type of literature is a group of the world's leading novelists, including George Amado who is one of the most prominent novelists of the twentieth century.
The encyclopedia contains information about Brazilian literature in different periods of time, articles about the different literary doctrines in Brazil and articles about the Brazilian theatre.
Paul Tissier, who holds a Ph.D from France and specialized in the language and literature of both Brazil and Portugal, supervised the encyclopedia. Professor Habib Nasrallah, a graduate of the Faculty of Humanities at Damascus University and specialized in French language, translated the encyclopedia.
Encyclopedia of India's Literature
India's antecedent life blended with the one of its lifetime Gods and formed a great humanitarian epic, which was marked by the sublimation in its philosophy and creative imagination in its literature, but vanished with history.
Contemporary Indian literature seeks a meeting with the Western literature in a bid to form together a comprehensive literature that serves the human's matter.
Indian literature remains an extraordinary phenomenon in the world literature thanks to its diversity of the numerous languages in which it was written; the most important language is Sanskrit.
The expert Pierre Sylvain, a member at the French School of the Far East, supervised the encyclopedia. He has many works about Indian languages.
The encyclopedia has been translated into Arabic by Professor Habib Nasrallah, a graduate of the Faculty of Humanities at Damascus University and specialized in French language.
Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature and Francophone-North African Literature:
The encyclopedia of the Arabic literature came to cover a historic distance, ranging from Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islamic era) to the late twentieth century, and a geographical area that includes the whole Arab World.
The encyclopedia includes the French-writing Arab authors. It contains the names of the most important writers of the Arabic language, including poets, novelists and authors and artists.
Jamaleddin bin Sheikh, who took many important cultural positions, supervised the collection of the encyclopedia's material. He translated many works into French, including those of Ibn Khaldoun, Arabian Nights and others. The encyclopedia has been translated by Dr. Misbah Al-Hamad, professor at The Faculty of Humanities at the Lebanese University.
Encyclopedia of Japanese Literature:
The oldest texts of the Japanese literature date back to the eighth century AD only. This literature is not considered as one of the world's oldest literatures.
However, the Japanese literature has an extraordinary wealth underlined by the number of its works, which have been preserved and by its unique diversity, especially in poetry and theatre, and the amazing care with which it has been studied and loved throughout centuries.
The seventeenth century was a literary pride thanks to its classic masterpieces. Japan's contemporary literature started with the Edo's era. Edo still publishes the works of his writers. Jean-Jacques The expert and Professor Oregua supervised the collection of the encyclopedia's material. He was awarded a special prize of the anniversary of the founding of Japan.
Encyclopedia of Human Sciences:
This encyclopedia contains more than one thousand subjects in anthropology, demography, economy, archaeology, geography, methods and theories, organization, philosophy, psychology, psychological analysis, theories of human development, political science, semiotics, religions, educational sciences... besides a large number of related sciences.
It also contains a comprehensive presentation of specializations in humanities and personalities who have contributed to these fields.
The encyclopedia satisfies the needs of researchers in this field. It is made easy and short for students and the general public. Jean-Francois Dorthe gathered the material of the encyclopedia, which was translated by Dr. George Katoura.