Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

This issue includes three articles about literature and its relationship to critical political events in the Arab world; the July 2006 War, the January 25 Egyptian uprising (what led to and followed it), and the centrality of water in the IsraeliPalestinian conflict.

In "Artistic Fallout from the July 2006 War: Momentum, Mediation, and Mediatization," Syrine Hout discusses the way in which literature has "succeed[ed] not only in reflecting it (the July War) but also in reflecting on it through various fictional(izing) prisms." She focuses on two works: A Good Land (Jarrar, 2009) and Leave to Remain: A Memoir (El-Zein, 2009). Hout compares the methodologies employed by both authors to arrive at how each work had depicted the July War through fiction and photography. Discussing those two works by focusing on their respective methodologies, Hout points out the impetus behind each of the authors embarking on writing them.

Muhammad Agami Hassan Muhammad's "Arabic Performance Poetry: A New Mode of Resistance" advances the notion that Egyptian youth poetic performances "share the common features of performance poetry in English literature." Muhammad analyzes Hisham al-Gakh's and Amr Qatamish's poetry to demonstrate the "common features" of the Arabic and English "slam" poetry. …

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