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The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature.

Hamdar, Abir

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Abstract

Although there is a history of rich, complex, and variegated representations of female illness in Western literature over the last two centuries, the sick female body has traditionally remained outside the Arab literary imagination. Hamdar takes on this historical absence in The Female Suffering Body by exploring how both literary and cultural perspectives on female physical illness and disability in the Arab world have transformed in the modern period. In doing so, she examines a range of both canonical and hitherto marginalized Arab writers, including Mahmoud Taymur, Yusuf al-Sibai, Ghassan Kanafani, Naguib Mahfouz, Ziyad Qassim, Colette Khoury, Hanan al-Shaykh, Alia Mamdouh, Salwa Bakr, Hassan Daoud, and Betool Khedair. Hamdar finds that, over the course of sixty years, female physical illness and disability has moved from the margins of Arabic literature—where it was largely the subject of shame, disgust, or revulsion—to the center, as a new wave of female writers have sought to give voice to the "female suffering body."

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2014
Publication Date 2014-12
Deposit Date Mar 18, 2013
Series Title Gender, Politics and the Middle East Series.
ISBN 9780815633655
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1124275
Publisher URL https://press.syr.edu/supressbooks/540/female-suffering-body-the/
Contract Date Apr 7, 2013