This thesis seeks to outline the philosophy and purpose of anarchism through an interdisciplinary approach that involves literature and film. The main argument is that anarchism, apart from the moral connotations that have accrued to the term, maintains the idea of the inherent natural balance or equilibrium among cosmic powers. This idea grounds the theory of anarchism in the political sphere and helps us understand how anarchism can be applied to the sphere of culture. By considering both theory and practice in the anarchist tradition, the thesis proposes to redefine anarchism through an interdisciplinary approach that examines the philosophical history of anarchism from Plato to Kristeva and also discusses Youssef Ziedanâ€™s novel, Azazeel, and Charles Chaplinâ€™s film, The Great Dictator, as anarchist works. In the latter context, Azazeel is shown to provide an alternative history of ancient Alexandria, while The Great Dictator offers a modern illustration of anarchism as a practical, humanist ideology.
English & Comparative Literature Department
MA in English & Comparative Literature
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Abdel Nasser, Tahia
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ElDawi Zein, M.
(2016).A philosophy of rebellion: Anarchism in literature and film [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
ElDawi Zein, Menna. A philosophy of rebellion: Anarchism in literature and film. 2016. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.