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Arab North Africa

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774161469.003.0008
Arab North Africa

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The first appearance of North African women writers was bound up with the appearance of national liberation movements and their social concerns. Educated women were always present at assemblies and celebrations to provide “the women's word” or recite poetry, usually neoclassical qasida poems glorifying the nation and its struggles. The North African women's novel shows potential to give voice to North African women seeking liberty, equality, and self-expression in all its forms. In the context of rapid social changes and women's heightened awareness, the novel seems a particularly apt means of capturing interior experience through the various discourses available in the novelistic form. The challenge now facing North African women writers is continuity—maintaining a regular pace of production that will make them a permanent fixture of the literary scene and their voices a basic part of the equation between writers and the reading public.

Keywords: women writers; North Africa; qasida poems; continuity; self-expression

Chapter.  7984 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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