By Rita Sakr
This examine examines the ways that the relationships among the inventive strength of innovative humans and the innovative strength of artistic artists, specifically writers, are obvious within the on-going Arab uprisings. Bringing jointly literature, cultural geography, and human rights discourse, it explores a number of contemporary novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. those works sought to resolve the political geographies of injustice and renowned discontent and therefore 'anticipated' or imaginatively estimated in addition to participated in a few of the significant present upheavals of their specific nationwide contexts. through revealing socio-economic divisions and spatial injustice, disappearances and political prisons, surveillance and exile in addition to the progressive spirit of oppressed populations and the hazards of counter-revolutionary forces, civil strife, and fundamentalism, they variously re-imagine the realities that caused the changes we're now witnessing.
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2011, pp. ] the pervasive television images have effectively colonized our memory and consequently reified reality’ (2011, n. ). In this respect, Soueif ’s Cairo explains the implications of the complex entanglement of image and reality, cultural myth and political activism in Tahrir’s political geography since 2011: The people know that Tahrir was simply spectacle. They know that the revolution was won in the streets and the factories. But they also know that the spectacle is important in the battle of ideas, and if Tahrir falls, the dream falls.
She writes: Each week brings fresh news of land expropriations, of great national industries and service companies sold off to foreign investors, of Iraqi children dying and Palestinian homes demolished, fresh news of gun battles in Upper Egypt, of the names of more urban intellectuals added to the Jama’at’s hit lists, of defiant young men in cages holding open Qur’ans in their hands, of raids and torture and executions. (Soueif, 1999, p. 101) As was the case with newspapers for late nineteenth-century nationalists, new forms of media in the late twentieth century were crucial to the transformative movements in the Egyptian and regional political landscape.
El Gharbi (2011). 2 (2012): 11–19. com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 2 ‘A Way of Making a Space for Ourselves Where We Can Make the Best of Ourselves’: Writing Egypt’s ‘Tahrir’ Abstract: This chapter argues that ‘Tahrir’ has to be addressed as both a symbolic political geography that organically extends to the entire Egyptian nation and as a language and practice of ‘Tahrir’ (‘liberation’) that spans a century of resistance against different forms of imperial hegemony and social and spatial injustice in Cairo, Egypt, and beyond.
'Anticipating' the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary Literatures and Political Geographies by Rita Sakr