Arab Women Writers

Arab Women Writers

The second part of the volume contains bibliographical entries for over 1,200 Arab women writers from the last third of the nineteenth century through 1999.

Author: Raḍwá ʻĀshūr

Publisher: American Univ in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9774161467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 526

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Arab women's writing in the modern age began with 'A'isha al-Taymuriya, Warda al-Yaziji, Zaynab Fawwaz, and other nineteenth-century pioneers in Egypt and the Levant. This unique study-first published in Arabic in 2004-looks at the work of those pioneers and then traces the development of Arab women's literature through the end of the twentieth century, and also includes a meticulously researched, comprehensive bibliography of writing by Arab women. In the first section, in nine essays that cover the Arab Middle East from Morocco to Iraq and Syria to Yemen, critics and writers from the Arab world examine the origin and evolution of women's writing in each country in the region, addressing fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiographical writing. The second part of the volume contains bibliographical entries for over 1,200 Arab women writers from the last third of the nineteenth century through 1999. Each entry contains a short biography and a bibliography of each author's published works. This section also includes Arab women's writing in French and English, as well as a bibliography of works translated into English. With its broad scope and extensive research, this book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in Arabic literature, women's studies, or comparative literature. Contributors: Emad Abu Ghazi, Radwa Ashour, Mohammed Berrada, Ferial J. Ghazoul, Subhi Hadidi, Haydar Ibrahim, Yumna al-'Id, Su'ad al-Mani', Iman al-Qadi, Amina Rachid, Huda al-Sadda, Hatim al-Sakr.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Arab Women Novelists

Arab Women Novelists

This book assesses the contribution of women to the Arabic novel, both in subject matter and form.

Author: Joseph T. Zeidan

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438424767

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 363

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This book assesses the contribution of women to the Arabic novel, both in subject matter and form. It begins by tracing the struggle over women’s rights in the Arab world, particularly the gradual improvement in women’s access to education—the first area in which women made significant gains. Subsequent chapters discuss Arab women writers’ remarkable talents and determination to overcome the barriers of a male-dominated culture; survey the 1950s and 1960s, during which women’s writing gained momentum and more women writers emerged; and address the shift in emphasis and attitude that women’s literature underwent in the late 1960s, especially following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, when women novelists began to place more stress on international politics. Zeidan adapts Western-based feminist literary theory to a discussion of Arab women’s literature but refrains from imposing that theory inappropriately on literature whose context differs significantly. He compares the women’s movements in Arab and Western cultures and the development of women’s literature in those cultures, and uses these comparisons to highlight similarities and differences between them as well as to consider how one affected the other. His analysis culminates in the early 1980s—the end of the formative years—when women’s writing had become a familiar part of Arabic literature in general and a positive reflection on the collective Arab consciousness.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Arab Women Writers

Arab Women Writers

Lively, outspoken, and provocative, these stories are essential reading for anyone interested in the Arab world. Dalya Cohen-Mor is an independent scholar educated in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.

Author: Dalya Cohen-Mor

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791483460

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 318

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A collection of sixty short stories by women writers from across the Arab world.
Categories: Literary Collections

Contemporary Arab Women Writers

Contemporary Arab Women Writers

This book engages with contemporary Arab women writers from Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Algeria.

Author: Anastasia Valassopoulos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134260850

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 12

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This book engages with contemporary Arab women writers from Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Algeria. In spite of Edward Said’s groundbreaking reappraisal of the uneven relationship between the West and the Arab world in Orientalism, there has been little postcolonial criticism of Arab writing. Anastasia Valassopoulos raises the profile of Arab women writers by examining how they negotiate contexts and experiences that have come to be identified with postcoloniality such as the preoccupation with Western feminism, political conflict and war, the social effects of non-conformity and female empowerment, and the negotiation of influential cultural discourses such as orientalism. Contemporary Arab Women Writers revitalizes theoretical concepts associated with feminism, gender studies and cultural studies, and explores how art history, popular culture, translation studies, psychoanalysis and news media all offer productive ways to associate with Arab women’s writing that work beyond a limiting socio-historical context. Discussing the writings of authors including Ahdaf Soueif, Nawal El Saadawi, Leila Sebbar, Liana Badr and Hanan Al-Shaykh, this book represents a new direction in postcolonial literary criticism that transcends constrictive monothematic approaches.
Categories: Literary Collections

Arab Women s Lives Retold

Arab Women s Lives Retold

Even as the collection dismantles standard notions of Arab female subservience, the works presented here go well beyond the confines of those traditional boundaries.

Author: Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815631472

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 271

View: 944

Examining late twentieth-century autobiographical writing by Arab women novelists, poets, and artists, this anthology explores the ways in which Arab women have portrayed and created their identities within differing social environments. Even as the collection dismantles standard notions of Arab female subservience, the works presented here go well beyond the confines of those traditional boundaries. The book explores the many routes Arab women writers have taken to speak to each other, to their readers, and to the world at large. Drawing from a rich body of literature, the essays collectively attest to the surprisingly lively and committed roles Arab women play in varied geographic regions, at home and abroad. These recent writings assess how the interplay between individual, private, ethnic identity and the collective, public, global world of politics has impacted Arab women's rights.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

In the House of Silence

In the House of Silence

Intended to complement the novels in the "Arab Women Writers" series, this is a collection of autobiographical writings by 13 leading Arab women authors.

Author: Fadia Faqir

Publisher: Garnet Pub Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015045698159

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 181

View: 814

Intended to complement the novels in the "Arab Women Writers" series, this is a collection of autobiographical writings by 13 leading Arab women authors. They describe their experiences and describe the often difficult conditions under which their narratives were written.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Rituals of Memory in Contemporary Arab Women s Writing

Rituals of Memory in Contemporary Arab Women   s Writing

degree of domination than that actually exercised by men over women within
Muslim culture , ” adds Sabbagh ( xiii ) . Arab women writers have consequently
been faced with the challenge of adopting a politics of rupture in their writings to ...

Author: Brinda Mehta

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815631359

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 318

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This volume carefully assesses fixed notions of Arab womanhood by exploring the complexities of Arab women’s lives as portrayed in literature. Encompassing women writers and critics from Arab, French, and English traditions, it forges a transnational Arab feminist consciousness. Brinda Mehta examines the significance of memory rituals in women’s writings, such as the importance of water and purification rites in Islam and how these play out in the women’s space of the hammam (Turkish bath). Mehta shows how sensory experiences connect Arab women to their past. Specific chapters raise awareness of the experiences of Palestinian women in exile and under occupation, Bedouin and desert rituals, and women’s views on conflict in Iraq and Lebanon, and the compatibility between Islam and feminism. At once provocative and enlightening, this work is a groundbreaking addition to the timely field of modern Arab women’s writing and criticism and Arab literary studies.
Categories: Literary Collections

An Arabian Mosaic

An Arabian Mosaic

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X002329093

Category: Arab countries

Page: 179

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Categories: Arab countries

The Road to Feminism

The Road to Feminism

The works of a number of women writers in the last 20 years in the Arab world have displayed a tendency towards feminism, writing negatively of the situation of women in Arab society and attempting to create heroines that break away from ...

Author: Muná Fayyāḍ

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105034323720

Category: Arabic literature

Page: 8

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The works of a number of women writers in the last 20 years in the Arab world have displayed a tendency towards feminism, writing negatively of the situation of women in Arab society and attempting to create heroines that break away from the old molds in which society had cast them. Starting with Mary Daly's definition of the metapatriachal journey, the article traces the path that five major Arab women writers take on their way to feminism: Nawal el-Saadaw, Ilfa al-Idilbi, Qamar Kaylani, Ghada al-Samman, and Etel Adnan. The paper posits three stages in the realization of the Self, and explores how each writer passes through these stages. Using this schema, the author realizes that none of these writers, except Ghada al-Samman, could be said to have successfully reached the last stage, and while acknowledging their contribution, argues that all five writers lack the presentation of a positive alternative to present as a model to the female reader who is looking to them for guidance in breaking away from patriarchal restraints.
Categories: Arabic literature

Affective Geographies

Affective Geographies

Affective Geographies engages a cross-cultural group of writers who long for lost places and pasts but express that longing critically.

Author: Katie Marie Logan

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1109957900

Category:

Page: 466

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Affective Geographies engages a cross-cultural group of writers who long for lost places and pasts but express that longing critically. The writers articulate affective memories to contest linear and politically legible narratives about place. I focus on nostalgia and forgetting to theorize a memory practice in which authors navigate ambiguous, ongoing loss. I construct an associative canon of women writers like the contemporary Arab authors Miral al-Tahawy, Leila Ahmed, Hoda Barakat, Ghada al-Samman, and Jean Said Makdisi and the British Modernist Virginia Woolf. Scholars who read these authors globally often shy away from explorations of affect, particularly nostalgia or sentimentality. I advocate, however, for a comparative reading that emphasizes the authors’ aesthetic and affective resonances despite the differences in their contexts, audiences, and publication histories. Each writer uses personal experience, ambivalent feelings, and complex memory structures to claim and re-narrate their own histories, pushing back against dominant political narratives and becoming sources for critical reflection. Female writers in particular use affective memory to contest gender-based distinctions in the political and domestic spheres. In Chapter One, I describe how autobiography and memoir projects from Leila Ahmed, Virginia Woolf, and Leonard Woolf introduce ambivalent feelings about the past to leave their narration of complex histories open. I develop a theorization of ambivalent nostalgia in order to compare three disparate authors with diverse relationships to colonial and domestic histories. In Chapter Two, I argue that Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Miral al-Tahawy’s Brooklyn Heights reconfigure the negative connotations of female memory, most notably sentimentality, as a practice of empathy and community formation rather than an exercise in backwards-gazing. I demonstrate that in both novels, the act of walking through city space provokes a dynamic and embodied form of memory. In Chapter Three, I explore how Woolf and Hoda Barakat resist medical discourses that seek to pathologize experiences of desire, longing, and female narration. Finally, Chapter Four details how forgetting can become an essential tool for narration, allowing the writer to shape and renegotiate her past
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Reading Arab Women s Autobiographies

Reading Arab Women s Autobiographies

... of autobiography within Arabic literary history in order, first, to challenge
Gusdorf 's belief that autobiography does not exist outside western cultures and,
second, to explore the traditions and conventions within which the women writers
and ...

Author: Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292784413

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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Authors of autobiographies are always engaged in creating a "self" to present to their readers. This process of self-creation raises a number of intriguing questions: why and how does anyone choose to present herself or himself in an autobiography? Do women and men represent themselves in different ways and, if so, why? How do differences in culture affect the writing of autobiography in various parts of the world? This book tackles these questions through a close examination of Arab women's autobiographical writings. Nawar Al-Hassan Golley applies a variety of western critical theories, including Marxism, colonial discourse, feminism, and narrative theory, to the autobiographies of Huda Shaarawi, Fadwa Tuqan, Nawal el-Saadawi, and others to demonstrate what these critical methodologies can reveal about Arab women's writing. At the same time, she also interrogates these theories against the chosen texts to see how adequate or appropriate these models are for analyzing texts from other cultures. This two-fold investigation sheds important new light on how the writers or editors of Arab women's autobiographies have written, documented, presented, and organized their texts.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Intersections

Intersections

A proliferation of Arab women's texts in the last century has changed the face of
Arabic literature. Arab women writers have emerged as important players in the
modern and postmodern literary renaissance of the Arab world, their rich diversity
 ...

Author: Lisa Suhair Majaj

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815629516

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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This rigorously documented collection brings together for the first time original essays by leading authorities in the field on nine contemporary Arab women novelists from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. The essays focus on texts available in English translation and explore with great theoretical sophistication the relationship of these authors’ texts to contemporary phenomena of feminism, nationalism, postcolonialism, war, transnationalism, and societal change.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Voices in the Desert

Voices in the Desert

These works are written in French, English and Arabic, thereby fulfilling twice over the definition given by Deleuze and Guattari to minor literatures.

Author: Elizabeth Dahab

Publisher: Guernica Editions

ISBN: 1550711695

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 134

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There exists in Canada a literature that was born in the 1970s at the hands of first-generation Canadians of Arabic descent; this literature shows the indelible marks of genius and has produced great works, in significant amounts. It has been produced in all genres and it covers styles ranging from the realist to the postmodernist. These works are written in French, English and Arabic, thereby fulfilling twice over the definition given by Deleuze and Guattari to minor literatures. It bears the indelible mark of exile and can presently join rannks with "other solitudes" Canada has come to acknowledge, admit and embrace. The authors included are Anne-Marie Alonzo, Andrée Dahan, Alba Farhoud, Yoland Geadah, Nadia Ghalem, Mona Latif Ghattas, Nadine Ltaif, Yamina Mouhoub and Rubba Nadda. -- back cover.
Categories: Literary Criticism

We Wrote in Symbols

We Wrote in Symbols

This explosive anthology is the first of its kind, featuring writing on lust and erotica by renowned Arab women writers

Author: Selma Dabbagh

Publisher:

ISBN: 086356397X

Category:

Page: 256

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This explosive anthology is the first of its kind, featuring writing on lust and erotica by renowned Arab women writers
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Voices Revealed

Voices Revealed

" "Bouthaina Shaaban's analysis ranges from the work of Zaynab Fawwaz, published at the end of the nineteenth century, to that of Sahar Khalifa, and Najwa Barakat, published at the cusp of the twenty-first.

Author: Bouthaina Shaaban

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124133831

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 227

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"Spanning more than a century, this systematic study brings to the forefront a dazzling array of novels by Arab women writers." "Bouthaina Shaaban's analysis ranges from the work of Zaynab Fawwaz, published at the end of the nineteenth century, to that of Sahar Khalifa, and Najwa Barakat, published at the cusp of the twenty-first. The novels discussed reflect not only specifically Arab concerns, but also those that are universally relevant to women. Perhaps most notably, Shaaban makes it abundantly clear that Arab women were pioneers in the creation of the Arab novel - though until now they have been little known - and that the development of this literary genre occurred very much in tandem with the changing role of women in Arab countries." --Book Jacket.
Categories: Literary Collections

Classical Poems by Arab Women

Classical Poems by Arab Women

From the sorrowful eulogies of Khansa to the gleeful scorn of Wallada bint al-Mustakfi, this collection exclusively features the work of Arab women who boldly refused to be silenced.

Author: Abdullah al-Udhari

Publisher: Saqi Books

ISBN: 9780863569302

Category: Poetry

Page: 300

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Arab women poets have been around since the earliest of times, yet their diwans (collected poems) were not given the same consideration as their male counterparts’. Spanning 5,000 years, from the pre-Islamic to the Andalusian periods, Classical Poems by Arab Women presents rarely seen work by over fifty women writers for the first time. From the sorrowful eulogies of Khansa to the gleeful scorn of Wallada bint al-Mustakfi, this collection exclusively features the work of Arab women who boldly refused to be silenced. The poems are excursions into their vibrant world whose humanity has been suppressed for centuries by religious and political bigotry. With poems in both English and Arabic, this remarkable anthology celebrates feminine wit and desire, and shows the significant contribution Arab women made to the literary tradition.
Categories: Poetry