Arabic Literature (in English)

Jonathan Guyer, editor of the blog Oum Cartoon, has just published an examination of cartoons and Egypt’s shifting red lines, “Under Morsi, Red Lines Gone Gray“:

Guyer writes that:

The job of political cartoonists is to push the envelope. But what happens when the size and shape of the envelope changes? That, in effect, is what has been happening ever since Hosni Mubarak was removed from power by the combination of a mass uprising and a military coup. Since then, the contours of permissible speech have been shifting constantly. This has led as much to confusion as it has to creativity.

Cartooning, as he writes, is a staple of Egyptian public discourse. Single-panel cartoons are important enough in Egypt to appear on the front page of a newspaper, and they are a way of speaking to a wide swath of public, managing as they do to distill…

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