Memories of Revolt: New Autobiographical Writing from Egypt
A lecture by Elliott Colla, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University
Despite the difficulties, Egyptian writers have been publishing memoirs of the Revolution since the first days of the uprisings of 2011. Even as the revolution has turned and intensified, these writers have produced an impressive corpus of autobiographical writing. What kinds of stories are they telling? How do their tales impact public understandings of the event of revolution itself? How does one write the story of an event still unfolding?
Elliott Colla is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is author of Conflicted Antiquities: Egyptology, Egyptomania, Egyptian Modernity (Duke UP, 2007) as well as many scholarly articles on Arabic literature, film and culture. He is a co-editor of the e-zine, Jadaliyya and has translated much contemporary Arabic literature including most recently Rabai al-Madhoun's The Lady from Tel Aviv. His crime novel, Baghdad Central, is just out with Bitter Lemon Press.