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This groundbreaking work presents original research on cultural politics and battles in Egypt at the turn of the twenty-first century. It deconstructs the boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture, drawing on conceptual tools in cultural studies, translation studies, and gender studies to analyze debates in the fields of literature, cinema, mass media, and the plastic arts. Anchored in the Egyptian historical and social contexts and inspired by the influential work of Pierre Bourdieu, it rigorously places these debates and battles within the larger framework of a set of questions about the relationship between the cultural and political fields in Egypt.

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Drawing heavily on Pierre Bourdieu's work on the cultural field; its internal structure, values, and battles; and its relationship to the economic, political, and religious fields, Mehrez (Arabic literature, American U. in Cairo, Egypt) analyzes the cultural landscape of Egypt under President Mubarak (1981-present). She begins with an examination of the dominant values of the literary field and the ways in which literary producers negotiate their positions, particularly vis--vis the state, focusing on writer Sonallah Ibrahim as a model of autonomy. She then shifts attention to state intervention in the cultural field, exploring issues of cultural sovereignty, struggles of values and authority in the fields of education and gender studies, cultural contestations over the state's dominant icons of family and nation, changing economic and political contexts of literary producers and production, and representations of the urban space of Cairo. The remaining chapters move away from literature to focus serially on mass media, cinema, the visual arts, and the academy and on the issue of censorship in "high" and "low" culture. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 2008. Distributed in the US by International Publishers Marketing (IPM). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A look at some of the raging debates in the arts in Egypt

About the Author

SAMIA MEHREZ is professor of Arabic literature in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Civilization and director of the Center for Translation Studies at the American University in Cairo. She is the author of The Literary Atlas of Cairo (AUC Press, 2010).

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Mehrez, Samia
American University in Cairo Press
Middle East - Egypt
Africa - General
Anthropology - Cultural
Art & Politics
Public Policy - Cultural Policy
General History
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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