Using Graphic Narratives to Teach Critical Visual Literacy
7 Graphic Narratives from Inside the Iranian, Egyptian, and Tunisian Protests: The Tunisian Awakening, Rise, Zahra’s Paradise, and Qahera
Graphic Narratives from Inside the Iranian, Egyptian, and Tunisian Protests: The Tunisian Awakening, Rise, Zahra’s Paradise, and Qahera
This chapter examines and analyzes the graphic narratives that have very recently been published that address experiences on the ground of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, parts of the Arab Spring. The media representations of the uprisings presented partial views of the protests from the outside. The work in these graphic narratives gives Western readers more complex, grounded perspectives on the lead-up to and context for the protests and revolutionary movements. Qahera (Mohamed, 2013) is a web comic, dealing with sexual harassment in the Egyptian protest movements along with other gendered issues of importance. Zahra’s Paradise (Amir & Khalil, 2011) is a recent narrative detailing a fictionalized account of the contested 2009 election in Iran and the disappearance of many young protesters. All of these texts were created by authors and artists living and working in the country and culture that form the setting for the texts. They present an insider perspective for those outside of the events and those looking in from other countries and cultures.
The Tunisian Awakening
The graphic narrative, The Tunisian Awakening, by Hussein (2011), is a hastily self-published tome that details the recent history of the Tunisian uprising against tyrant leader Ben Ali. The book is not a personal memoir but ← 137 | 138 → an attempt by Hussein to capture in image and text the immediacy of the...
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