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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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Bytes of Freedom: Fictionalised Bodies in the Egyptian Blogosphere

Bytes of Freedom: Fictionalised Bodies in the Egyptian Blogosphere

(p.150) 5 Bytes of Freedom: Fictionalised Bodies in the Egyptian Blogosphere
Blogging from Egypt

Teresa Pepe

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the main contents and themes developed in the blog. Here, the body is identified as the recurring theme in blogger’s identity construction. Indeed, the blog is conceived as an attempt at recollecting the scattered pieces of the body, as it allows the description of feelings and emotions, which are considered the true attributes of one’s individuality. At the same time, the body is re-imagined in the forms of animals, objects, Egyptian goddesses and small children, as a means of taking refuge from the constraints of daily reality. While autofictional authors worldwide are often accused of exhibitionism and narcissism, the study argues that for these Egyptian bloggers, writing the body is political because it displays in public how power is imposed on their bodies. The chapter also elaborates on the fact that writing the body on the blog was conducive to the exposure of the body in the 25th January uprising, as evidenced by the mobilisation for Khaled Said’s (Khālid Saʿīd) murder at the hands of the police, the public discussions on sexual harassment, and Aliaa al-Mahdi’s (ʿAlyāʿal-Mahdī) nude pictures on her blog Mudhakkirat Thaʾira (A Rebel’s Diary, 2011–).

Keywords:   Body, Feelings, Emotion, Individuality, Exhibitionism, Narcissism, 25th January Uprising, Khaled Said (Khālid Saʿīd), sexual harassment

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