The plots of Egyptian film comedies of the 1930s and '40s often pivot around a character who dresses in disguise, adopts another identity, or is mistaken for someone else. This masquerade is commonly intertwined with travel. Dr. Deborah Starr argues that the journeys of assumed identity in these films serve to explore the boundaries of both nation and identity. These films project an Egyptian national imaginary that is racially, religiously and ethno-nationally diverse – not to mention queer – and serves as a notable alternative to the parochial and heteronormative Egyptian nationalisms ascendant in this period.
Journeys of Assumed Identity in Early Egyptian Cinema
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