This thesis investigates gender visualization in Egyptian comics published in 2011 and afterwards, focusing on three main themes: the veil, violence against women, and the role played by women during post-revolutionary Egypt. The three main comics utilized in this study are: TokTok magazine, Al-Shakmgia, and Qahera. The main purpose of the study is to examine whether these three comics re-inscribe or challenge the stereotyped gender representation of women in the previously mentioned themes. By examining these three comics, this thesis argues that the binary conception of gender is no longer based on stereotypes of men and women, of masculinity and femininity. Instead, Egyptian comics are a channel through which strong clichés are dissolved. As this thesis shows, the visualization of gender is no longer associated with the portrayal of beauty and sexuality (slim, attractive, fit); reproducing a stereotyped visual gender knowledge. Rather, in Egyptian comics, gender relations can be separable from the existing visualization in our society. I argue that Egyptian comics do not perpetuate the visualization of gender stereotypes and that through these comics, new practices of gender visualization are witnessed.


Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women's Studies

Degree Name

MA in Gender & Women's Studies

Graduation Date


Submission Date

September 2015

First Advisor

Terrell, Jennifer

Committee Member 1

El Bendary, Amina

Committee Member 2

Kandil, Hanan


193 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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AUC has kindly offered me a partial fellowship during my final semester, covering the costs of thesis. Also, I would have not been able to finish my studies without the financial aid granted by AUC.