Cartooning for a Modern Egypt


The Egyptian caricature is generally studied as part of Egyptian mass culture, and mainly discussed in the context of Egypt's anti-colonial resistance to British foreign rule, as part of the forging of a “national style". In Cartooning for a Modern Egypt, Keren Zdafee foregrounds the role that Egypt’s foreign-local entrepreneurs and caricaturists played in formulating and constructing the modern Egyptian caricature of the interwar years, that was designated for, and reflected, a colonial and cosmopolitan culture of a few. Keren Zdafee illustrates how Egyptian foreign-local caricaturists envisioned and evaluated the past, present, and future of Egyptian society, in the context of Cairo's colonial cosmopolitanism, by adopting a theoretical, semiotic, and historical approach.

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Keren Zdafee, Ph.D. (2016), is an historian of Islamic art. Her work focuses on 19th and 20th century art from the Muslim world. She teaches at the Department of Art History of Tel Aviv University, and at the Art Teaching Track of Talpiot College, Hulon.
List of Illustrations
On Translating Caricatures
A Note on Transliterations
1 Introduction
2 Cairo’s Colonial Cosmopolitanism
3 Journals, Images, Counter-Images, and Readers
4 Caricature as Product
5 The Average Egyptian; the Ideal Egyptian
6 The Good, the Bad, and the Evil
7 Images of the Other?
8 Conclusion


Relevant to anyone interested in the history of modern Egypt, colonialism, cosmopolitanism, art history, cultural transfer, and popular culture, including caricatures, comics, and cartoons.
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