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By Fedwa Malti-Douglas

Woman's voice and physique are heavily entwined within the Arabo-Islamic culture, argues Fedwa Malti-Douglas during this pioneering e-book. Spanning the 9th via 20th centuries and protecting quite a lot of texts--from courtly anecdote to mystical and philosophical treatises, from works of geography to autobiography--this research unearths 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) within which the feminine voice, frequently linked to wit or trickery of a sexual nature, is subordinated to the male scriptor. displaying how early Arabo-Islamic discourse keeps to steer modern Arabic writing, she keeps that this present day feminist writers of novels, brief tales, and autobiography needs to paintings via this practice, no matter if they subvert or reject it after all. while lady within the classical interval speaks throughout the physique, girl within the glossy interval frequently turns corporeality right into a literary weapon to accomplish energy over discourse.

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