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Popular Egyptian CinemaGender, Class, and Nation$
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Viola Shafik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160530

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160530.001.0001

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The Allegorical Nation

The Allegorical Nation

(p.89) Chapter 2 The Allegorical Nation
Popular Egyptian Cinema

Viola Shafik

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on “exaggerated” national allegories and on cases where the image of the nation oscillates between metaphors of male and female, domination and subjugation, offense and defense. Imagining the Egyptian nation as male in the face of a female West can certainly unfold an “empowering” effect if understood in Bill Nichols' sense, namely as “wish-fulfillment.” In general female-nation narratives such as The Sparrow the role of the threatened woman usually called for a man in the role of savior. Nasser's cinematic image got constructed through the explicit insistence on difference between self and other, nation and colonial power, male and female, galvanizing moments of defense and offense at the same time.

Keywords:   female, wish-fulfillment, Nasser The Sparrow, empowering effect, Bill Nichols

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