Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999

Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999

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Radwa Ashour, Ferial Ghazoul, and Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

Arab womenÕs writing in the modern age began with ÔAÕisha al-Taymuriya, Warda al-Yaziji, Zaynab Fawwaz, and other nineteenth-century pioneers in Egypt and the Levant. This unique studyÑfirst published in Arabic in 2004Ñlooks at the work of those pioneers and then traces the development of Arab womenÕs literature through the end of the twentieth century, and also includes a meticulously researched, comprehensive bibliography of writing by Arab women. In the first section, in nine essays that cover the Arab Middle East from Morocco to Iraq and Syria to Yemen, critics and writers from the Arab world examine the origin and evolution of womenÕs writing in each country in the region, addressing fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiographical writing.
The second part of the volume contains bibliographical entries for over 1,200 Arab women writers from the last third of the nineteenth century through 1999. Each entry contains a short biography and a bibliography of each authorÕs published works. This section also includes Arab womenÕs writing in French and English, as well as a bibliography of works translated into English.
With its broad scope and extensive research, this book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in Arabic literature, womenÕs studies, or comparative literature.
Contributors: Emad Abu Ghazi, Radwa Ashour, Mohammed Berrada, Ferial J. Ghazoul, Subhi Hadidi, Haydar Ibrahim, Yumna al-ÔId, SuÔad al-ManiÔ, Iman al-Qadi, Amina Rachid, Huda al-Sadda, Hatim al-Sakr.

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