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Minorities in the Contemporary Egyptian Novel$
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Mary Youssef

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474415415

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415415.001.0001

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Epilogue: New Directions

Epilogue: New Directions

(p.158) Epilogue: New Directions
Minorities in the Contemporary Egyptian Novel

Mary Youssef

Edinburgh University Press

Following the January 2011 events, new directions in Egyptian novelistic production have emerged and, in their turn, commanded visibility and critical attention. This epilogue attends to these new directions by posing relevant questions like: Do the novels produced in the post-2011 period align with or break from the new-consciousness novel? How do they operate in Michael McKeon’s dialectical framework of historical change and the definitional volatility of the novel? Where do minorities’ concerns exist in their purview? Delineating the tribulations and ambivalences surrounding this historical moment, the epilogue examines forms and spaces of what Mariz Tadros calls “unruly politics,” where citizens continue to subvert authority and continue their protest. It identifies how unruly politics are aesthetically rendered in three post-2011 novels, Hisham al-Khashin’s Jirafit (2014), Basma ʿAbd al-ʿAziz’s The Queue (2016), and Muhammad Rabiʿ’s Otared (2016) and argues that they preoccupy with brining all citizens to their figurative negotiation table.

Keywords:   New Directions, January 2011, Contemporary Egyptian Novel, Hisham al-Khashin, Basma ʿAbd al-ʿAziz (Basma Abdel Aziz), Muhammad Rabiʿ (Mohammad Rabie), MarizTadros, Unruly Politics, Protest, Negotiation Table

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