A Critical Study of the Works of Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian Writer and Activist
By: Diana Royer (author)Hardback
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This volume sets El Saadawi's literary work within the context of her activism, in particular showing how her ideas for the renewal of society run through her writing. As a companion for reading her fiction and non-fiction, this volunme contextualizes her work by taking into consideration the complexities of Egyptian society today - in particular, Islamic fundamentalism and women's status. It also introduces the current scholarly debate on ancient women's status. Chapters on individual novels look both at technique (oral literary traditions, women's narrative, imagery) and topic (female circumcision, gender roles, prostitution, honor killing).
Foreword i Preface Nawal El Saadawi in the Context of Globalization by Josephine M. Carubia iii Acknowledgements vii Introduction 1 CHAPTER 1 Modern Egypt 9 CHAPTER 2 Ancient Egypt 29 CHAPTER 3 Isis as Antidote: Two Women in One 51 CHAPTER 4 Fusing Form and Content: The Circling Song 69 CHAPTER 5 Writing the Savage Truth: Woman at Point Zero 91 CHAPTER 6 The Peasant as Pawn: God Dies By the Nile 117 CHAPTER 7 The Goddess and Global Feminism: Some Connections Between Nawal El Saadawi and Virginia Woolf 139 Notes 163 Bibliography 173 Index 185
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