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Blogging from EgyptDigital Literature, 2005-2016$
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Teresa Pepe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474433990

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433990.001.0001

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The Paratext of Egyptian Blogs

The Paratext of Egyptian Blogs

(p.48) 2 The Paratext of Egyptian Blogs
Blogging from Egypt

Teresa Pepe

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter, the book shifts to an analysis of the blogs as autofiction. This section deals with the paratext, that is information that is secondary to the main text, such: titles, choices of authorship (onymity, pseudonymity); the visual layout of the blog; interviews with the blog authors revealing their social backgrounds and their reasons to blog. The first part of the chapter focuses on the analysis of the paratext of the six blogs chosen as case studies: Wassiʿ Khayalak (Widen Your Imagination) by Ahmed Naji; Ma Bada Li (What Seemed to Me) by Amr Ezzat; Tanatif Maʿat (Ma3t’s Bits and Pieces) by Mona Seif (Munā Sayf); Yawmiyyat Imraʾa Mithliyya (Diary of a Gay Woman) by the writer who uses the pseudonym ‘Emraamethlya’; Al-Kanaba al-Hamra (The Red Sofa) by Bilal Husni (Bilāl Ḥusnī); and Yawmiyyat ʿAnis (Diary of a Spinster) by Abeer Soliman (ʿAbīr Sulaymān). In the second part, the data retrieved from these blogs are analysed together with the larger sample of blogs selected for this study.

Keywords:   Paratext, Titles, Authorship, Interviews, Ahmed Naji, Amr Ezzat, Mona Seif, Bilal Husni, Abeer Soliman, Emraamethlya

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