(Writing the Egyptian revolution of 2011: An analysis of a nascent production)
in La rivista di Arablit, a. VIII, n. 15, giugno 2018, pp. 53-66.
The Egyptian revolution of 2011 has been the subject of numerous political, sociological, religious, psychoanalytic, geographical and historical analyses. The fictional and nonfictional writings about it also deserve to be studied and make it possible to question the revolution as a productive force in literature. This contribution will return, seven years after the event, to productions belonging to contemporary Egyptian literature, to determine the links – explicit or implicit – between the writing trends in 2011 and the Arab revolutionary movements. This article will be divided into two parts: the first will show the causal relationship between writing and particular historical moments in Egypt in the 20th and 21st centuries; the second will present two works from the revolutionary circumstance in 2011. Therefore, Ayyām al-Taḥrīr (2011) by Ibrāhīm ʿAbd al-Maǧīd and Cairo: My City, Our Revolution (2012) by Ahdaf Soueif will be the examples of this contribution.
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