It's Not Your Fault: Five New Plays on Sexual Harassment in Egypt (Paperback)

It's Not Your Fault: Five New Plays on Sexual Harassment in Egypt By Jillian Campana, Dina Amin, The Cairo Writers Lab Cover Image

It's Not Your Fault: Five New Plays on Sexual Harassment in Egypt (Paperback)


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A collection of original short plays that focus on sexual harassment and assault in Egypt, by debut Egyptian playwrights

These five original short plays, written by Egyptian students from the American University in Cairo in collaboration with Jillian Campana and Dina Amin, mark the first published plays in Egypt that deal directly with sexual harassment. Sexual crimes are not limited to the workplace or the street-they happen everywhere, from the bedroom to the caf , in shops, on modes of transportation, and in businesses, homes, outdoor areas, and educational and religious institutions. They can be perpetrated by a stranger, acquaintance, friend, family member, or loved one and they can encompass many different types of sexual violence, including verbal, non-verbal, physical, or visual violence.

This collection breaks social taboos by offering dramatic texts that reflect the reality of survivors of sexual harassment from multiple perspectives-families and couples, bystanders, victims and perpetrators, men and women. Many of the women portrayed in these plays are independent, educated, and well to do, but they are all subjected to varying degrees of sexual harassment and violence. Accompanied with narrative commentary that places the events in context, these plays and the issues they explore seek to challenge dominant perceptions about sexual harassment in the region and to shine light on the power imbalances and disparities that give rise to it. They will be of interest to artists, social science researchers, educators, and anyone interested in the issue of sexual harassment, and collaborative theater processes.

Playwrights: Yehia Abdelghan, Marwan Abdelmoneim, Nour El Captan, Passant Faheem, Nour Ibrahim, Noran Morsi, and Omar Omar

The research on which this book is based was awarded the Times Higher Education 2023 MENA Award for Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Performances of these plays are royalty free.
Jillian Campana is professor of theater at The American University in Cairo, where she also serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her most recent book is Western Theatre in Global Contexts: Directing and Teaching Culturally Inclusive Drama around the World. She lives in Cairo. Dina Amin is director of the theater program and associate professor of theater at The American University in Cairo. She is the author of Alfred Farag and Egyptian Theater. Her most recent theater production is Shababik 'Attia ('Attia's Windows). She lives in Cairo. The Cairo Writers Lab is an independent collective of writers based at The American University in Cairo. Hoda Elsadda is professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University. She is co-founder and currently chair of the board of the Women and Memory Forum, a research organization that focuses on the production and dissemination of alternative knowledges on women and gender studies. She lives in Cairo.
Product Details ISBN: 9781649032416
ISBN-10: 1649032412
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 112
Language: English