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The Dangers of PoetryCulture, Politics, and Revolution in Iraq$
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Kevin M. Jones

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781503613393

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503613393.001.0001

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Patriots and Traitors

Patriots and Traitors

The Cultural Politics of Nationalism, 1932–1945

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(p.103) Chapter 4 Patriots and Traitors
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The Dangers of Poetry
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Kevin M. Jones

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503613393.003.0005

This chapter argues that the rhetoric of “patriotism” and “treason” that dominated nationalist politics evolved in the public poetry surrounding two seminal events in modern Iraqi political history, the Bakr Sidqi coup d’état of October 1936 and the Rashid ʿAli movement of April 1941. The chapter documents the popularity of each movement and shows how partisan support for military intervention was shaped by the shared logic of anticolonial nationalism. It documents the social and political consequences that socialist and nationalist poets faced and examines how political persecution inspired the new socialist-nationalist alliance of the “national front” politics that would dominate opposition politics in the 1950s. The chapter also shows how the relaxation of state censorship of the Left during the World War II allowed leftist poets to articulate a new political vision that fused anticolonial nationalism and socialist internationalism.

Keywords:   poetry, nationalism, Iraqi politics, intellectual life, politics and literature, politics and culture, socialism, fascism, radicalism, World War II

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