By Rita Sakr
This research examines the ways that the relationships among the artistic strength of innovative humans and the progressive strength of artistic artists, specifically writers, are glaring within the on-going Arab uprisings. Bringing jointly literature, cultural geography, and human rights discourse, it explores quite a number fresh novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. those works sought to resolve the political geographies of injustice and well known discontent and hence 'anticipated' or imaginatively anticipated in addition to participated in the various significant present upheavals of their specific nationwide contexts. by way of revealing socio-economic divisions and spatial injustice, disappearances and political prisons, surveillance and exile in addition to the innovative spirit of oppressed populations and the hazards of counter-revolutionary forces, civil strife, and fundamentalism, they variously re-imagine the realities that prompted the variations we're now witnessing.
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At the same time the government ignored the city’s center; its ongoing mismanagement of housing development has resulted in the extensive zone of informal housing, mostly unfinished brick shanties, that rings Cairo. (2011) 27 specific spaces. In this context, Soueif ’s mixed-genre text is particularly suggestive because it occupies a middle ground between more recent sociological and political-geographical explorations of Tahrir and its hinterlands on the one hand and, on the other, the literary outpourings that imagined the successive transformations of these spaces up to 25 January 2011.
70) The Map of Love examines the recent topography of the Egyptian security state and its exploitation of the post-imperial issue of Israel–Palestine to maintain its grip on the social and political geography of the capital. Amal cryptically touches upon this as she describes how she passes ‘in front of the television building, still barricaded with sandbags since ‘67, and head back towards Qasr el-Nil bridge’ (Soueif, 1999, p. 83). While the American embassy’s building stands as a reminder of US power in Egypt, the ‘67 barricades are maintained through emergency laws that are kept in the name of a hypocritically exploited conflict and peace with Israel.
Com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 A political event occurring everywhere is something that does not exist. The site is the thing whereby the Idea, still fluid, encounters popular genericity. A non-localized Idea is impotent; a site without an Idea is merely an immediate riot, a nihilistic spurt. (2012, p. 92) Writing Egypt’s ‘Tahrir’ 23 The determination of a site plays a decisive role: a square in Cairo acquires global fame in the space of a few days. It is imperative to note that, during a real change, we witness the production of a new site which is nevertheless internal to the general localization that is a world.
'Anticipating' the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary Literatures and Political Geographies by Rita Sakr