Traveling Underpants: On May Hawas’ “Politicizing World Literature”

Traveling Underpants:  On May Hawas’ Politicising World Literature     Aya Labanieh   In the wake of the Arab Spring, a plethora of political satire programs sprung up across the Middle East, their sole mission being to lampoon existing regimes and their media pundits and disseminate what they felt was the real story unfolding on the ground. The story of Bassem Youssef, who left his career as a heart surgeon to start the political satire program Al-Barnameg on the eve of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, has become familiar to many, especially with Youssef’s guest appearances on Jon Stewart’s The...

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