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Translating Egypt's RevolutionThe Language of Tahrir (A Tahrir Studies Edition)$
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Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165337

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165337.001.0001

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Of Drama and Performance: Transformative Discourses of the Revolution

Of Drama and Performance: Transformative Discourses of the Revolution

(p.69) 2 Of Drama and Performance: Transformative Discourses of the Revolution
Translating Egypt's Revolution

Laura Gribbon

Sarah Hawas

American University in Cairo Press

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

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