By Radwa Ashour, Ferial J. Ghazoul
This publication is a useful new reference resource and demanding evaluation of Arab ladies writers from the 19th century to the tip of the twentieth.Arab women's writing within the sleek age begun with A'isha al-Taymuriya, Warda al-Yaziji, Zaynab Fawwaz, and different nineteenth-century pioneers in Egypt and the Levant. This detailed learn - first released in Arabic in 2004 - appears to be like on the paintings of these pioneers after which lines the advance of Arab women's literature during the finish of the 20th century, and in addition incorporates a meticulously researched, accomplished bibliography of writing by way of Arab girls. within the first part, in 9 essays that disguise the Arab center East from Morocco to Iraq and Syria to Yemen, critics and writers from the Arab international research the foundation and evolution of women's writing in every one nation within the area, addressing fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiographical writing.The moment a part of the quantity comprises bibliographical entries for over 1,200 Arab ladies writers from the final 3rd of the 19th century via 1999. each one access features a brief biography and a bibliography of every author's released works. This part additionally comprises Arab women's writing in French and English, in addition to a bibliography of works translated into English.With its wide scope and huge learn, this publication is an necessary source for someone drawn to Arabic literature, women's reviews, or comparative literature.
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