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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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Blogging a Revolution: From Utopia to Dystopia

Blogging a Revolution: From Utopia to Dystopia

(p.190) 6 Blogging a Revolution: From Utopia to Dystopia
Blogging from Egypt

Teresa Pepe

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter discusses the relation between these blogs and the events of the 25th January uprising. It recounts how bloggers imagined a revolution in their writing long before the actual political events of 2011; how they relate to the uprisings in their blog; how blogs have evolved in the years after 2011, and what is left of the blog in Arabic literary production. Here it shows that blogging continues to be an important phenomenon in the Arab world, even though blogging practices have changed following the spread of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. In addition, the blog continues to impact Arabic print literature, in terms of young authors’ access to the literary field, their experimentation with language and genre, and the importance of the visual. The novel Istikhdam al-Haya (Using Life, 2014) by Ahmed Naji, mentioned before, and Youssef Rakha’s novel Bawlu (Paulo, 2016) are analysed to discuss the link between the blog, the dystopic novel and new literary styles in Egypt.

Keywords:   25th January uprising, Revolution, Facebook, Twitter, Istikhdam al-Haya (Using Life, 2014), Ahmed Naji, Youssef Rakha, Bawlu (Paulo, 2016), Blog, Dystopic novel

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