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Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture$
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Valerie Anishchenkova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643400

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643400.001.0001

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What Does My Avatar Say About Me? Autobiographical Cyber-writing and Postmodern Identity

What Does My Avatar Say About Me? Autobiographical Cyber-writing and Postmodern Identity

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(p.170) 5 What Does My Avatar Say About Me? Autobiographical Cyber-writing and Postmodern Identity
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Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture
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Valerie Anishchenkova

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643400.003.0006

This chapter examines one of the newest modes of life-writing – personal internet blogs. Cyber-writing, in its increasing diversity of form, offers perhaps the most dynamic mode of autobiographical construction. Firstly, blogging culture has fundamentally altered the very nature of autobiographical narration in that it put authors and their readers in direct communication, often in real time. Secondly, no longer a retrospective prose, cyber autobiographical writing has become the voice of Arab youth. This chapter explores and theorizes the genre of autoblography using Ghada Abd al-Al’s I Want to Get Married as a case study.

Keywords:   Cyber writing, Cybertext, Cyberculture, Blogging, Internet, Audience, Autoblography, Intertextuality, Ghada Abd al-Al

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