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Blogging from Egypt

Digital Literature, 2005-2016

Teresa Pepe

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Explores blogs as a new form of literature emerging in Egypt during the rise of political protests

Six years before the Egyptian revolution of January 2011, many young Egyptians had resorted to blogging as a means of self-expression and literary creativity. This resulted in the emergence of a new literary genre: the autofictional blog. Such blogs are explored here as forms of digital literature, combining literary analysis and interviews with the authors.

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Introduction: Egyptian Blogs Between Fiction and Autobiography

Chapter 1: Arabic Literature Goes Digital

Chapter 2: The Paratext of Egyptian Blogs

Chapter 3: Mixed Arabic as a Subversive Literary Style

Chapter 4: When Writers Activate Readers

Chapter 5: Bytes of Freedom: Fictionalized Bodies in the Egyptian Blogosphere

Chapter 6: Blogging a Revolution: From Utopia to Dystopia


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About the Author

Teresa Pepe is Associate Professor in Arabic Studies in Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. Her research interests span across modern and contemporary Arabic literature, media studies and popular culture. She has published several articles in Oriente Moderno, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies and LEA- Lingue e Letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente.


In the years that preceded and followed the 2011 revolution, the Egyptian blogosphere emerged as an ideal space for literary innovation. Blogging From Egypt offers an invaluable insight into this output, thus helping us understand the cultural roots of the revolution as well as its far-reaching impact, beyond political setbacks.

- Richard Jacquemond, Professor of modern Arabic literature, Aix-Marseille Université

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