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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54759
Doc. No:TL24713
Call number:‭3361728‬
Main Entry:Nadine Sinno
Title & Author:Disrupted places, creative spaces: The transformative power of border-crossings, prison, and war in contemporary Arab women's writingsNadine Sinno
College:University of Arkansas
Date:2009
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2009
Page No:196
Abstract:This study provides a comparative analysis of various emerging spaces of creativity, self-discovery and transformation, as portrayed in six contemporary Arab women's texts: Ahdaf Soueif's In the Eye of the Sun , Leila Ahmed's A Border Passage from Cairo to America--a Woman's Journey , Salwa Bakr's al-'Arabah al-Dhahabiyyah la Tas'ad ila-l-Sama' [The Golden Chariot ], Fadia Faqir's Pillars of Salt , Riverbend's Baghdad Burning , and Ghada Samman's Kawabis Beirut [ Beirut Nightmares ]. These primary texts demonstrate a range of pain, loss and displacement: expatriatism and alienation in Soueif's In the Eye of the Sun and Ahmed's A Border Passage , imprisonment in Bakr's The Golden Chariot and Fakir's Pillars of Salt and war in Samman's Beirut Nightmares and Riverbend's Baghdad Burning . I argue that the different hardships that the authors and/or protagonists undergo serve as catalysts, spurring the women in these texts to construct alternative spaces that pave the way for the creative transcendence of adversity; at the same time, the transformative spaces which the women create become springboards for social transformation as well. In other words, the stories of the authors and/or protagonists in these texts are never merely personal; they traverse the private sphere to incorporate broader issues that, according to their authors, must become part of a national and even global dialogue. These broader issues include, but are not limited to, justice, modernization, the environment, gender equality, and transnational dialogue.
Subject:Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Soueif, Ahdaf; Egypt; Ahmed, Leila; Bakr, Salwa; Faqir, Fadia; Jordan; Samman, Ghada; Syria; Lebanon; Arab women; War; Prison; Border-crossings; Mental asylum; Spaces; Comparative literature; Modern literature; Middle Eastern history; Womens studies; 0453:Womens studies; 0295:Comparative literature; 0333:Middle Eastern history; 0298:Modern literature
Added Entry:University of Arkansas