Fictionalized Identities in Egyptian Online Literature
How is the Internet shaping the old practice of storytelling and self-representation? May we consider blogs as a new literary genre? How do fact/fiction and private/public combine in literary blogs?
Researcher: Teresa Pepe
Taken by the Egyptian blog 3arabawy
This research project tries to answer to these questions taking the Egyptian personal blogs as a case study. It helps to contribute to the debate about the impact of New Media in the Arab World and it is situated at the foci between studies of Arabic literature, with a special focus on Contemporary Egyptian literature and New Media studies. It examines the Egyptian blogosphere as a medium of literary production and as such, it is primarily concerned with the forms of self-writing fostered through Egyptian blogs from 2006 to 2011. Personal blogs will be conceived as forms of autofiction, as the digital medium questions the authenticity of the bloggers’ self-representation. This study will be of interest to specialist of Middle Eastern culture and society, Arabic literature, as well as digital culture, social science and anyone wishing to explore the impact of new media on the Arabic cultural sphere.