Teaching Egyptian fiction as the revolution unfolds

I can’t tell you how powerful it has been to study Egyptian fiction as the revolution in Egypt has unfolded.  In the Middle Eastern Literature class (English 7365) it has prompted lively discussion about the connection between politics and literature, and about the prescience of writers such as Naguib Mahfouz and Alaa Al Aswany, the latter addressing the protesters in Tahrir Square (in the shadow of the Yacoubian Building) a few days ago.–RT

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  • It was a privilege to read Mahfouz and Al Aswany as the Egyptian people demanded an end to tyranny. I felt like I was there in Cairo joining the protesters in Tahrir Square. Our class was with them in spirit!
    I hope this reminds us all that we must be true to our convictions, even when the outcome is uncertain.

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