Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Syria Screams: Defying Dominance, The 2011 Syrian Revolution, Its Motivations and Creative Appeals for International Solidarity in the Face of Massacre and Indifference
by Fallon, Rachel Katherine, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2017, 150; 13871648
Abstract (Summary)

Using art to illuminate the humanity of a population that has been dehumanized, dominated and silenced for decades, this thesis will examine the Syrian revolution and the reasons for its failure. As images of bloodshed monopolized news coverage, graphic portrayals increased tolerance and failed to encourage international mobilization in support of the dignity and justice Syrian revolutionaries aspired to achieve. While Syrians have been portrayed as victims of violence or terrorists, their ideas and desire for a democratic society remain absent from predominant narratives. The ambition of this art reflects an appeal for international solidarity. Styles of expression—literature, paintings, cartoons, street art and protest signs, both professional and amateur—humanize a dehumanized population while contextualizing the facts of revolution and massacre that remain widely misunderstood. This thesis grew out of a directed study on Syria and U.S. Foreign Policy where the perceived intractability and focus on geopolitical implications encouraged further research on the potential of creativity to yield visibility to a population that has remained invisible. In addition to extensive reading, attendance at art exhibits, theatrical performances and conferences initiated by Souria Houria , thorough examination of the Creative Memory Archives2 provides the aesthetic insight for this paper’s perspective. In order to adequately convey the significance of the Syrian revolution and its bleak aftermath, it is necessary to explicate the experience under tyranny and the theme of prison that commanded revolt. What are the implications of a peaceful revolution turned massacre; an ongoing massacre3 visually accessible to citizens worldwide? The conclusion analyzes the gravity of Syrian intellectual Yassin Al-Haj Saleh’s diagnosis of the Syrianization of the world and the ominous meaning of modernity by using the symbols of expression that present unconventional and significant insight into the rattling consequences of revolting against fascism in the twenty-first century.

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern Studies
Keywords: Art, Indifference, Prison, Revolution, War
Publication Number: 13871648
ISBN: 978-1-392-03800-0
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