Monthly Archives: September 2014

Week 2: The Rise of Poetry and Literature after Revolution

This week I chose to focus on articles that discussed the issues of censorship and the topic of literature after the January 25th revolution and what the effects (and after effects) would be on the literature scene. The first article titled, “The Poetry of Revolt,” explores the recent revolution and the revolution of decades prior and how poetry has been able to shape these revolts. Elliot Colla (the author) wants to impress how the chants are a form of couplets that are able to bind the community together and aids them in a communicating their goals and ideas. Though unsure of what the future would hold, Colla believe that the best thing is that the revolution has begun and that the people do not have to be afraid to speak because the poetry speaks for them in their chants. The second article, “The #Jan25 Revolution and the ‘Liberation’ of Arab Literature” was an article written a few short weeks after the uprisings and explored the issue of censorship in Arab Literature. For the years prior to the uprising, while there was no direct political censorship, there were publishers that would use religion and moral values as reasons to not reproduce the material. The article interviews Khaled al-Berrry, an Egyptian novelist, who looks at the revolution as a chance to develop the culture of art and literature of future generations. I used these two articles because they explored topics that not only pertained to the January 25 revolution, but also, because they explore how literature and poetry shaped the revolution. They both show also the Cosmopolitan perspective, by placing the power into the people that bind together through a means of network. However, I believe that the second article also displays political liberalism in the fact that the author is aware of the cultural impact the uprisings have, but also understand that the government will play a hand in the world and what we learn.

Week 1 Entry: Art in Egypt

The two things I posted on Diigo this week both pertain to Egypt’s recent art being a form of revolution for it’s citizens. I focused primarily on art, due to the fact that I was interested in the idea of using art not just as an expression, but as a form of revolution for the Egyptian people. The first article I focused on was called “Egypt’s Murals Are More Than Just Art; They Are A Form of Revolution” and it was written in May 2013. This article discusses how street art has been used to bind together the ideology of the communities around them and how it used to express the injustices that are going on. The second article titled “Art in Egypt’s Revolutionary Square” discusses street art, but also other types of art, such as literature and film. These genres have been incredibly impacted and influenced by the January 25th uprising. Both of these article are connected to globalization, in the fact that the arts are used to not just express the idea of the injustice to the people that live inside Egypt, but, it also demonstrates to the world what the communities there find most important. These show the cosmopolitan’s idea by using social networking to show give a voice to the people around them and to get people to understand what it is that is important and what needs to be focused on.

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