Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt

Forsideomslag
Stanford University Press, 2006 - 377 sider
The Egyptian art world is the oldest and largest in the Arab Middle East. Its artists must reckon with the histories of ancient Egypt, European modernism, anti-colonial nationalism, and state socialism-all in the context of a growing neoliberal economy marked by American global dominance. At this crucial intersection of culture, politics, and economy, Egypt's art and artists provide unique insight into current struggles for cultural identity and sovereignty in the Middle East.

This book examines the heated cultural politics in today's Arab world, and tells how art-making has become an unexpectedly central part of that. It offers a lively analysis of the battles between artists, curators, and audiences over cultural authenticity, cultural policy, public art in a changing urban Egypt, and the new global marketing of Egyptian art. The art world it shows powerfully exemplifies how people in the Middle East reckon with global transformations that are changing how culture is made in societies with colonial and socialist pasts.

 

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Indhold

Cultural Politics
1
The Map of Love
37
Cultural Authenticity Artistic Personhood
88
Cultural Policy
137
Cultivating Civilized Publics
182
Collecting a Nation Displaying a Culture
225
Art and Culture Between Empire and Sovereignty
275
Notes
329
References
355
Index
371
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Jessica Winegar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University.

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