By Fedwa Malti-Douglas
Woman's voice and physique are heavily entwined within the Arabo-Islamic culture, argues Fedwa Malti-Douglas during this pioneering ebook. Spanning the 9th via 20th centuries and overlaying quite a lot of texts--from courtly anecdote to mystical and philosophical treatises, from works of geography to autobiography--this examine finds how woman's entry to literary speech has remained mediated via her physique. Malti-Douglas first analyzes classical texts (both famous works just like the Thousand and One Nights and others nonetheless missed within the West) during which the feminine voice, usually linked to wit or trickery of a sexual nature, is subordinated to the male scriptor. displaying how early Arabo-Islamic discourse keeps to persuade modern Arabic writing, she keeps that this present day feminist writers of novels, brief tales, and autobiography needs to paintings via this custom, whether they subvert or reject it after all. while girl within the classical interval speaks in the course of the physique, girl within the smooth interval usually turns corporeality right into a literary weapon to accomplish energy over discourse.
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