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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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Visions of Self:

Visions of Self:

Filming Autobiographical Subjectivity

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Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture

Valerie Anishchenkova

Edinburgh University Press

Within Arab cultural discourses, autobiographical film offers a novel mode of self-expression. Its importance cannot be underestimated, taking into consideration cinema’s popularity in the Arab world and its accessibility to audiences of all ages, social backgrounds and ideologies. Filmic autobiography possibly offers a more intimate connection between the filmmakers and their audience than a traditional literary text. This chapter explores modes of personal and communal identity chosen for visual representation and theorizes Arab autobiographical film, using Youssef Chahine’s Alexandria Trilogy as case studies: “Alexandria.. Why?” (1978), “An Egyptian Story” (1982), and “Alexandria, Again and Forever” (1989).

Keywords:   Arab cinema, Autobiographical film, Film, Visual identity, Audience, Youssef Chahine (Yusuf Shahin), Intertextuality

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