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Cosmopolitan Radicalism

The Visual Politics of Beirut's Global Sixties

Author(s): Zeina Maasri

ISBN: 9781108720830
Publication Date: 16-06-2022
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Exploring the intersections of visual culture, design and politics in Beirut from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, this compelling interdisciplinary study critically examines a global conjuncture in Lebanon's history, marked by anticolonial struggle and complicated by a Cold War order. Against a celebratory reminiscence of the 'golden years', Beirut's long 1960s is conceived of as a liminal juncture, an anxious time and space when the city held out promises at once politically radical and radically cosmopolitan. Zeina Maasri examines the transnational circuits that animated Arab modernist pursuits, shedding light on key cultural transformations that saw Beirut develop as a Mediterranean site of tourism and leisure, a nexus between modern art and pan-Arab publishing and, through the rise of the Palestinian Resistance, a node in revolutionary anti-imperialism. Drawing on uncharted archives of printed media this book expands the scope of historical analysis of the postcolonial Arab East.

  • Provides a new understanding of the cultural politics of decolonization in transnational circuits and global contexts
  • Examines unexplored primary sources and archives of visual culture, shedding light on graphic design practices and the visual politics of print media
  • Develops new interdisciplinary frameworks for the analysis of visual and print culture and makes a compelling case for applying these methods in future studies