Reading Arab Women's Autobiographies

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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...

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Reading Arab Women's Autobiographies: Shahrazad Tells Her Story

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292705456
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nawar Al-Hassan Golley is Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part One. Political Theory: Colonial Discourse, Feminist Theory, and Arab Feminism
Chapter One. Why Colonial Discourse?
Chapter Two. Feminism, Nationalism, and Colonialism in the Arab World
Chapter Three. Huda Shaarawi's Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist
Part Two. Narrative Theory: Autobiography
Chapter Four. Autobiography and Sexual Difference
Chapter Five. Arab Autobiography: A Historical Survey
Part Three. Analysis of Texts
Chapter Six. Anthologies
Chapter Seven. Fadwa Tuqan's Mountainous journey, Difficult journey
Chapter Eight. Nawal el-Saadawi
Conclusion. The Literary and the Political
Appendix
Translation of the Introduction to the Arabic Edition of Memoirs from the Women's Prison by Nawal el-Saadawi
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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