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CMPL 237 - The Art of Revolution

FC ARHU CD WINT
4 credits
In 2011, a series of revolutions rocked the Middle East, beginning in Tunisia, then Egypt, then Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and beyond. These revolutions were accompanied by an outpouring of artistic expression-from popular slogans, revolutionary graffiti, and witty videos posted on Facebook, to novels, songs, poetry, and film. A decade later, with the exception of Tunisia, the Arab Spring revolutions are mostly considered a failure. Meanwhile, a wave of speculative and often dystopian literature and art has swept through Arab culture. This course will consider the relationship between art and revolution in the context of the Arab Spring. What is revolution, and how do we know if it’s successful? What role does art play in making revolution happen? What, ultimately, is the relationship between art and politics? Taught in English.

This course is appropriate for new students.



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