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The Poetics of Karama or Why the Egyptian Revolution Was a Poem

Rooney, Caroline R. (2020) The Poetics of Karama or Why the Egyptian Revolution Was a Poem. In: Creative Radicalism in the Middle East: Culture and the Arab Left After the Uprisings. Written Culture and Identity . Bloomsbury, London, UK, pp. 240-274. ISBN 978-1-83860-117-1. (KAR id:81483)

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This chapter addresses the central research question of the book, considering not only how the Arab uprisings expressed themselves through creative forms but why this was so. It correlates the dependent co-arising of revolutionary dynamics with the dynamics of poetic composition and goes on to argue how this pertains to the way in which the horizontal axis at stake is crucial to the Egyptian Revolution's ethical affirmation of dignity (karama).

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: revolutionary aura; dependent co-arising; poetic composition; dignity
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PJ Oriental philology and literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (
Depositing User: Caroline Rooney
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 16:00 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:41 UTC
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