Book Launch: Nasser in the Egyptian Imaginary by Omar Khalifah
About the Book
The late President of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970), has been represented in many major works of Egyptian literature and film, and continues to have a presence in everyday life and discourse in the country. Omar Khalifah’s analysis of these representations focuses on how the historical character of Nasser has emerged in the Egyptian imaginary. He explores the recurrent images of Nasser in literature and film and shows how Nasser constitutes a perfect site for plural interpretations. He argues that Nasser has become a rhetorical device, a figure of speech, a trope that connotes specific images constantly invoked whenever he is mentioned. His study makes a case for literature and art to be seen as alternative archives that question, erase, distort and add to the official history of Nasser.
About the Author
Omar Khalifah is assistant professor of Arabic Literature and Culture at Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He received his PhD in 2013 from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. In addition to modern Arabic Literature, Khalifah’s research interests include memory studies, world literature, and cinema and nationalism in the Arab world. A Fulbright scholar, Khalifah is also a short story writer in Arabic. His collection Ka’annani Ana (As If I Were Myself) was published in Amman, Jordan in 2010. He has taught classes on the Arabic novel, freedom in modern Arabic literature, and Arab women’s autobiography.
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