Discourse On Gender/Gendered Discourse In The Middle East
by Boaz Shoshan
In this book, Shoshan asserts that in contemporary Middle Eastern countries the field of struggle that cultures constitute provides the ground for contesting and transforming the hegemonic patriarchal discourse and recently began to give voice, especially in women's literature, to feminist critique. Examining the gender issue as reflected in a variety of discourses that ta...more
Published September 30th 2000
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The essay by Mira Tzoreff on Fadwa Turqan's life, called "Restructuring a Personal History into the Palestinian National Narative" was my principle interest in this book. It did not disappoint. In fact, Fadwa Turqan comes off luminously, refusing to be shackled to a husband or to any other traditional Islamic mores. Instead she pursues poetry, writing, philosophy and attempts to live or to blaze a life as a beacon to others. Highly recommend it as an alternative discourse on the situation of Mus...more