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Global Literary Journalism

Exploring the Journalistic Imagination, Volume 2

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Edited By Richard Lance Keeble and John Tulloch

Following on from the first volume published in 2012, this new volume significantly expands the scope of the study of literary journalism both geographically and thematically.
Chapters explore literary journalism not only in the United Kingdom, the United States and India – but also in countries not covered in the first volume such as Australia, France, Brazil and Portugal, while its central themes help lead the study of literary journalism into previously unchartered territory. More focus is placed on the origins of literary journalism, with chapters exploring the previously ignored journalism of writers such as Myles na gCopaleen, Marguerite Duras, Mohatma Gandhi, Leigh Hunt, D. H. Lawrence, Mary McCarthy and Evelyn Waugh.
Critical overviews of African American literary journalism in the 1950s and of literary journalism in Brazil from 1870 to the present day are also provided, and a section asks whether there is a specific women’s voice in literary journalism.
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7. Literary Journalism on War and Imperialism: The British Annexation of Egypt Viewed by Portuguese Eça de Queirós

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CHAPTER SEVEN

Literary Journalism ON War AND Imperialism

The British Annexation of Egypt Viewed by Portuguese Eça de Queirós

ISABEL SOARES



INTRODUCTION

In 1882, the British occupation of Egypt was covered by Portuguese literary journalist Eça de Queirós. In a series of articles published from September to October, Queirós, at the time Portuguese consul in Bristol and also an accomplished novelist, focused on the reasons underlying British interests in the affairs of the Khedive. Better than any form of more mainstream journalism, literary journalism allowed Queirós to express how Britain was creating a casus belli for armed intervention in Egypt. Also, it was literary journalism that allowed Queirós to reveal how the British press was the government’s mouthpiece in trying to convince public opinion on the need for informal annexation on humanitarian grounds. The English in Egypt, as the series was titled, has appeared in several editions since its original publication, the last in 2004 when the text was resurrected to draw similarities with American intervention in Iraq in 2003.

By focusing on The English in Egypt, we examine how literary journalism can read in-between the lines of political discourse and how Portuguese literary journalist Eça de Queirós, himself influenced by British New Journalism, denounced the invasion of Egypt as an imperialist mission to secure the Suez route to India more than an attempt...

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