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Of Drama and Performance: Transformative Discourses of the Revolution

Laura Gribbon and Sarah Hawas

in Translating Egypt's Revolution

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165337
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165337.003.0003
Of Drama and Performance: Transformative Discourses of the Revolution

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Translates some of the most decisive and influential discursive and performative moments that shaped the early drama of the unfolding text of Egypt's uprising. By drawing on analytical tools from the fields of translation, performance, and gender studies, as well as social movement theory, the authors translate at both the linguistic and semiotic levels selections from these transformative moments that impacted millions of Egyptians on social and conventional media networks by such diverse actors as activists Asmaa Mahfouz and Wael Ghoneim, former president Hosni Mubarak and General Mohsen al-Fangari. The authors read these discursive interventions as theatrical performances, the impact of which can only be understood through a thick translation that attends not just to the linguistic but to the affective, emotive, and semiotic levels of these transformative discourses.

Keywords: Drama and performance; Political activists; Political Performance; Lawrence Venuti; Diana Taylor; Judith Butler; Social movement theory; Asmaa Mahfouz; Mubarak speech; Wael Ghoneim

Chapter.  11432 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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