Why the Manifesto?

  • Kay Dickinson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema book series (PASTARCI)


This chapter explores how the manifesto form aims not to interpret the world, but to change it. It investigates how the manifesto became a popular format in the Arab world, one with particular commitment to anti-colonial liberation. The rousing stylistic potential of the manifesto genre receives attention, as does the group authorship of the five documents collected within the subsequent chapters. These manifestos interweave different temporal registers in order to challenge a debilitating conceptualization of history. They also invoke a sense of “the people” so vital for collective struggle. By presenting highly practical suggestions, these manifestos suggest how that struggle might be enacted and what sorts of brighter futures they can bring into being.


Manifesto Revolution Arab historiography “The people” Communal writing 


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  • Kay Dickinson
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  1. 1.Mel Hoppenheim School of CinemaConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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