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Tarek El-Ariss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181936

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181936.001.0001

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Fiction of Scandal Redux

Fiction of Scandal Redux

(p.127) Chapter 4 Fiction of Scandal Redux
Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals

Tarek El-Ariss

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes the works of Rajaa Alsanea (b. 1981) and Khaled Alkhamissi (b. 1962) as the fiction of the leaking subject who wants to reveal it all, mimicking e-mails about the private life of individuals turned characters and recording and circulating scenes of abuse and violation on the street through novelistic scenes. It argues that the author, who is traditionally understood as the function of discourse in Foucault or as the object of sacrifice in Barthes, emerges in this new fiction as the scandalous function of the leak that recodes the novel as medium. It explores how literature is reimagined and reaffirmed in instances of greed, exhibitionism, confrontation, and hacking that affectively grab and move readers, marking the emergence of a new literary culture and aesthetics tied to the bestseller and the pursuit of fame.

Keywords:   Rajaa Alsanea, Khaled Alkhamissi, leaking, fiction, literary culture, Arab writers

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