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Leaks, hacks, and scandals : Arab culture in the digital age

Author: Tarek El-Ariss
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Translation/transnation.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In recent years, Arab activists have confronted authoritarian regimes both on the street and online, leaking videos and exposing atrocities, and demanding political rights. Tarek El-Ariss situates these critiques of power within a pervasive culture of scandal and leaks and shows how cultural production and political change in the contemporary Arab world are enabled by digital technology yet emerge from traditional  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tarek El-Ariss
ISBN: 9780691181929 0691181926 9780691181936 0691181934
OCLC Number: 1077227180
Description: xiii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Translation/transnation.
Other Titles: Arab culture in the digital age
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"In recent years, Arab activists have confronted authoritarian regimes both on the street and online, leaking videos and exposing atrocities, and demanding political rights. Tarek El-Ariss situates these critiques of power within a pervasive culture of scandal and leaks and shows how cultural production and political change in the contemporary Arab world are enabled by digital technology yet emerge from traditional cultural models. Focusing on a new generation of activists and authors from Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, El-Ariss connects WikiLeaks to The Arabian Nights, Twitter to mystical revelation, cyberattacks to pre-Islamic tribal raids, and digital activism to the affective scene-making of Arab popular culture. He shifts the epistemological and historical frameworks from the postcolonial condition to the digital condition and shows how new media challenge the novel as the traditional vehicle for political consciousness and intellectual debate. Theorizing the rise of "the leaking subject" who reveals, contests, and writes through chaotic yet highly political means, El-Ariss investigates the digital consciousness, virality, and affective forms of knowledge that jolt and inform the public and that draw readers in to the unfolding fiction of scandal. Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals maps the changing landscape of Arab modernity, or Nahda, in the digital age and traces how concepts such as the nation, community, power, the intellectual, the author, and the novel are hacked and recoded through new modes of confrontation, circulation, and dissent.""--

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"A bold effort to redefine Arab literary and cultural studies in the contexts of social media and the digital information age . . . . . provocative and ultimately sublime."---Joel Gordon, Critical Read more...

 
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