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Egypt's Culture WarsPolitics and Practice$
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Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163746

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.001.0001

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Translating gender between the local and the global1

Translating gender between the local and the global1

(p.107) 6 Translating gender between the local and the global1
Egypt's Culture Wars

Samia Mehrez

American University in Cairo Press

Both gender and translation permeate, define, and shape people's identities. Just as they are gendered or gendering beings, they are also translated or translating ones: their gestures, poses, movements, silences, and language of course. This chapter anchors at the nascent field of gender studies in Egypt and tries to read part of the text that unfolds and to translate it both in local and in global terms. As is the case with its counterparts in the “Third World”, the emerging field of Gender Studies in Egypt is one with a double task. On the one hand, it is informed by and conversant with gender discourses, theories, and activism elsewhere. On the other hand, it has the responsibility of elaborating, developing, and disseminating its local translation of gender issues in Arabic, and within the larger context of the Egyptian cultural field.

Keywords:   gender studies, Gulf War, genus, translation theory, Egypt

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