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.

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