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LSE Literary Festival 2017 | African Revolutions: From the streets to the written word [Audio]

LSE Literary Festival 2017 | African Revolutions: From the streets to the written word [Audio]

Speaker(s): Yasmine El Rashidi, Samar Samir Mezghanni, Nii Ayikwei Parkes | The Arab Spring was a revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, riots and civil wars that began on 17 December 2010 and dominated the news for most of 2011. In the five years since the people of Tunisia and other countries took to the streets to protest against their governments, a number of writers have shifted away from realism and turned to science fiction to describe the grim political realities faced by the region’s citizens. Although dystopian themes are not entirely new in Arabic fiction, these have become much more prominent in recent years as it gives writers the room to express the sense of despair they feel in the face of cyclical violence and repression. In addition, the futuristic settings gives the writers the freedom to cover political ideas without being labelled opposers of the state. This event explores the literary trajectory in North Africa since the Arab Spring from the initial outbur

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