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Imprisonment, freedom, and literary opacity in the work of Nawal El Saadawi and Assia Djebar

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In her astute study of contemporary Arab women writers, Anastasia Valassopoulos begins by noting the pitfalls of much existing criticism of writers such as El Saadawi and Djebar in the West. Citing Amal Amireh's article on the fraught history of the reception of El Saadawi in Egypt and in Europe, Valassopoulos comments that Arab women's literature tends to be seen as 'documentary', and this obscures the 'core issue of representation' as it is explored and challenged by women writers. In the f...

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10.1177/1464700110366815

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Hiddleston, J More by this author
Journal:
FEMINIST THEORY
Volume:
11
Issue:
2
Pages:
171-187
Publication date:
2010-08-05
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EISSN:
1741-2773
ISSN:
1464-7001
URN:
uuid:076de087-3799-4fde-a264-a93bda906dc2
Source identifiers:
146237
Local pid:
pubs:146237

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