Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt

ISBN-10: 0521484928

ISBN-13: 9780521484923

Edition: 1996

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Description: This study of Egyptian popular culture provides fresh and vital insights into the long struggle of modern Egypt to define its identity. Armbrust examines Egyptian television, recorded music, the press, and the cinema. These popular media have broken radically with cultural icons of Egypts past, while offering ordinary people a way of coming to terms with the clashing values of nationalism, modernity, and Arab classicism. However, since the 1970s, popular culture has also become a subject of controversy. The delicate balance between conservative nationalist imagery and a modernist ethic has been increasingly put in question by producers and consumers of the media, reflecting a sense that the representations of modernity do not reflect the experience of Egyptians.

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Book details

List price: $72.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/28/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Note on transliteration
Introduction
"The White Flag"
The split vernacular
The gifted musician
Classic, clunker, national narrative
Popular commentary, real lives
"Vulgarity"
Notes
References
Index
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