Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East

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Oxford University Press, 2015 - History - 235 pages
Surviving Images explores the prominent role of cinema in the development of cultural memory around war and conflict in colonial and postcolonial contexts. It does so through a study of three historical eras: the colonial period, the national-independence struggle, and the postcolonial. Beginning with a study of British colonial cinema on the Sudan, then exploring anti-colonial cinema in Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, followed by case studies of films emerging from postcolonial contexts in Palestine, Iran, Lebanon, and Israel, this work aims to fill a gap in the critical literature on both Middle Eastern cinemas, and to contribute more broadly to scholarship on social trauma and cultural memory in colonial and postcolonial contexts. This work treats the concept of trauma critically, however, and posits that social trauma must be understood as a framework for producing social and political meaning out of these historical events. Social trauma thus sets out a productive process of historical interpretation, and cultural texts such as cinematic works both illuminate and contribute to this process. Through these discussions, Surviving Images illustrates cinema's productive role in contributing to the changing dynamics of cultural memory of war and social conflict in the modern world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
 Cinema Social Conflict Cultural Memory
13
 The Four Feathers and the Redemption of Empire
41
 Memory and the Women of Egyptian and Tunisian Independence
67
 Cinematic Aporias of Palestine
93
 Treacherous Memory in Postwar Iran
123
 Wartime Witnessing and Postwar Haunting in Lebanese Cinema
155
 Human Rights and Social Trauma in Waltz with Bashir
185
 Revolutions and Postcinematic Cultural Memory
205
Notes
211
Bibliography
217
Index
229
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Kamran Rastegar is Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and Culture at Tufts University.

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