Samuli Schielke u. Mukhtar Saad Shehata: "The writing of lives. An ethnography of writers and their milieus in Alexandria"
Based on our ongoing ethnographic fieldwork with writers in Alexandria, Egypt's second city, we focus in this article on two literary circles and a handful of writers from the city. Exploring their different takes on literary aesthetics, institutions, morals and politics, we search to answer two questions. First: how do specifitc institiutional, cultural generational and class milieus contribute to the making of literary careers, sociality and aesthetics? Second: what kind of productive relationships can be observed between literary writing and the crafting of life trajectories?
Schielke, Samuli and Mukhtar Saad Shehata. 2016. "The writing of lives. An ethnography of writers and their milieus in Alexandria.", Working Papers 17, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin.