Palestine and Jordan

Radwa Ashour, Ferial J. Ghazoul and Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

in Arab Women Writers

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161469
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190003 | DOI:
Palestine and Jordan

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Palestinian women have contributed to Arabic writing since the first decades of the twentieth century. This writing was limited to published or broadcast articles, and a few poems, stories, or plays, which were only very rarely given the opportunity to become actual productions. Jordanian women writers appeared later; with a few exceptions—newspaper articles and a text attributed to a woman but likely written by a man—it is difficult to write a history of Jordanian women's writing before the 1970s, when Julia Sawalha published her novels and the short story began to emerge. The 1990s witnessed the emergence of the novel in Jordan; with its documentary and historical concerns, and it follows the general course of the Arabic novel. Although there are very few autobiographies by Arab women, women from Palestine and Jordan have given us some of the most important of these; some deal with the author's entire life while others document a particular experience.

Keywords: Palestinian women; Jordanian women; writing; Arabic novel; newspaper articles

Chapter.  13760 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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