Contemporary Arab Women Writers
Cultural Expression in Context
By (author) Anastasia Valassopoulos
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Contemporary Arab Women Writers by Anastasia Valassopoulos
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415353557
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anastasia Valassopoulos
Arab Cultural Studies, Paperback (November 2014)
Originally published as a special issue of the Journal for cultural research.
Contemporary Arab Women Writers, Paperback (August 2014)
Anastasia Valassopoulos examines how contemporary Arab women writers deal with Western feminism, political conflict, the social effects of non-conformity and female empowerment, and the negotiation of influential cultural discourses.
Literature, Migration and the 'War on Terror', Paperback (April 2013)
This is a collection of essays on literary and cultural representations of migration and terrorism, the cultural impact of 9/11, and the subsequent war on terror. The collection commences with analyses of the relationship between migration and terrorism.
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Author Biography - Anastasia Valassopoulos
Anastasia Valassopoulos lectures on World Literatures at the University of Manchester, UK. She is the author of articles on Arab women writers, Tunisian film, Egyptian and Algerian popular culture, and has also written on the Iranian graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi.
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