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School of English Research Talks Series: National Identity

29th October 2021
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and the Cognitive Stylistics of Post-Arab Spring Egyptian Fiction - A Talk by Nourhan Mohamed 

This talk centers on the construction of the Egyptian national identity in fiction published after the Arab Spring. It takes as its point of departure the urgency of examining national identity in times of intense sociopolitical transformations (e.g., revolutions). The talk further postulates Benedict Anderson’s conceptualisation of national identity as narrative technique or fictional world-building as an entry point to a cognitive stylistic analysis of national identity in two translated critically acclaimed works of post-Arab Spring Egyptian prose fiction: The Queue (2016) by Basma Abdel Aziz, and Otared (2016) by Mohammed Rabie.

Date: 29 October 2021, Friday
Time: 17:00 to 18:00 (GMT+8)
Location: Webinar via MS Teams 

About the speaker: 
Dr Nourhan Mohamed is a UNMC alumna and a PhD holder in English.  She obtained her Master and Bachelor in English Linguistics (with honors) from Alexandria University in Egypt. Her PhD thesis investigates the representation of national identity in post-revolutionary Egyptian literature in translation. Nourhan taught several linguistics courses in both UNMC and Alexandria University. She gave presentations about her PhD research in the European Systemic Functional Linguistic Conference in 2018 and the Poetics and Linguistics Association Conference in 2020. Her research interests broadly cover the interface between language and literature, particularly with reference to the construction of group identities within that interface.

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