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Teresa Pepe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474433990

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433990.001.0001

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Mixed Arabic as a Subversive Literary Style

Mixed Arabic as a Subversive Literary Style

Chapter:
(p.94) 3 Mixed Arabic as a Subversive Literary Style
Source:
Blogging from Egypt
Author(s):

Teresa Pepe

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433990.003.0004

The chapter shows how bloggers mix of elements drawn from high and low varieties (Mixed Arabic) and foreign languages to develop new literary styles. It adopts Deleuze and Guattari’s theory of ‘minor literature’ (1983) to illuminate the subversive nature of bloggers’ literary practices. The concept of ‘minority’ sheds light on the collective and political value of this literature, as it is produced by writers who publish their personal life-stories on the Internet to distance themselves from mainstream, state-owned media, to connect with each other and push the boundaries for freedom of expression. Besides, ‘minority’ allows to understand the use of mixed varieties of Arabic as a ‘deterritorialized language’, that is, a new, subversive literary style coined by a young generation of writers who feels alienated in respect to the national standardized written language. This chapter is based on the analysis of the six blogs chosen as case studies, but it includes examples drawn from the larger sample of blogs. It combines theories drawn from sociolinguistics and literary studies. Furthermore, it shows some examples of editorial choices made concerning this style when blogs are turned into books.

Keywords:   Mixed Arabic, Minor Literature, Deterritorialized language, Sociolinguistics, Minority, Standard Arabic, Book-blogs

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