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Women and Words in Saudi Arabia : The Politics of Literary Discourse - Saddeka Arebi

Women and Words in Saudi Arabia

The Politics of Literary Discourse

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Published: 18th August 1994
For Ages: 22+ years old
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This study explores how contemporary Saudi women writers use their writings as a way to gain control over the rules of cultural discourse in their society. The author examines the work of nine influential women writers and presents excerpts of their writings which appear here for the first time in English. On the basis of interviews with the writers and textual analyses of their works, Arebi establishes that despite religious, cultural and political constraints, they continue to contribute to the definition and interpretation of religion, tradition, and history. Arebi shows how in doing so, they pose a strong challenge to the powerful ideological forces in their society. Yet she argues that despite this challenge to their local discourses of power, they do not necessarily conform to Western feminists' conceptions of resistance or to the nature of patriarchy. Saudi women writers, through a unique and culturally specific interplay of poetics and politics in their writings, have chosen to carve out a discourse of their own, adopting a form of resistance that is based more on a dialectic of protest and affirmation than on clear-cut opposition. Arebi's ethnographic and literary evidence demonstrates how this chosen form of resistance has enabled them to create a place for women in the intellectual life of their society and, more importantly, to effect a fundamental transformation in the rules of cultural discourse.

Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction: On Women and Words in Arabia - Discourses of Powerp. 1
Women's Opportunities and the Social Organization of Writingp. 30
History of the Present and the Presence of History: Traffic in Symbols, Knowledge, and Experiencep. 56
Victimization Literature: The Poetics of Justice and the Politics of Representationp. 124
Redefining the Issues: The Politics of Re-vision and the Production of Differencep. 184
Literary Marginalization and the Privatization of the Publicp. 246
Conclusions and Implications: Contexts of Resistance and the Dialectics of Protest and Affirmationp. 268
Notesp. 301
Referencesp. 331
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780231084215
ISBN-10: 0231084218
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 357
Published: 18th August 1994
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.24  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.49