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The Dangers of Poetry: Culture, Politics, and Revolution in Iraq

Kevin M. Jones


Poetry has long dominated the cultural landscape of modern Iraq, simultaneously representing the literary pinnacle of high culture and giving voice to the popular discourses of mass culture. As the favored genre of culture expression for religious clerics, nationalist politicians, leftist dissidents, and avant-garde intellectuals, poetry critically shaped the social, political, and cultural debates that consumed the Iraqi public sphere in the twentieth century. The popularity of poetry in modern Iraq, however, made it a dangerous practice that carried serious political consequences and grave r ... More

Keywords: Poetry, Nationalism, Communism, Intellectual Life, Politics and Literature, Politics and Culture, Popular Culture, Iraqi Politics, Modernism, Radicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781503613393
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503613393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin M. Jones, author
University of Georgia