TITLE

Resistance amid Regime Co-optation on the Syrian Television Series Buq 'at Daw', 2001-2012

AUTHOR(S)
Joubin, Rebecca
PUB. DATE
January 2014
SOURCE
Middle East Journal;Winter2014, Vol. 68 Issue 1, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines sketches from the Syrian television show Buq'at Daw' (Spotlight). Once considered indicative of changes many hoped for during the early days of the Bashar al-Asad regime, Buq'at Daw' remained popular through the reform process's failure and the beginning of the recent Syrian uprising. While scholars have cast critical programming as an "airing" of public frustrations permitted by the regime in order to stave off popular protest, this article argues that focusing on government intent robs intellectuals of agency. Instead, this article looks at productions like Buq'at Daw' as part of a continual attempt by drama creators to challenge limits of what is permissible through innuendo, stratagem, and word artistry.
ACCESSION #
94301223

 

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