Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
Marketplaces of the Modern examines representations of Egypt as a marketplace in Egyptian and Anglophone literature, arguing that unresolved narrative tensions over the commodification of laboring bodies, cultural artifacts, and raw goods reflect the troubled history of capitalist imperialism in the twentieth century. Attending to aestheticizations of Egypt’s productive powers, the project tracks a shift from an earlier discourse that saw Egypt as a marketplace for commodities to a concern with the commodification of culture later in the century. It engages debates on transnationalism and globalization emphasizing the necessity of recuperating the material dimensions of culture while contributing to studies of Arabic and “Postcolonial” literatures by examining under-represented archives of South-South solidarity.
Chahine, Nesrine, "Marketplaces Of The Modern: Egypt As Marketplace In Twentieth-Century Anglo-Egyptian Literature" (2017). Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations. 2207.