Examining late twentieth-century autobiographical writing by Arab women velists, poets, and artists, this anthology explores the ways in which Arab women have portrayed and created their identities within differing social environments. Even as the collection dismantles standard tions of Arab female subservience, the works presented here go well beyond the confines of those traditional boundaries. The book explores the many routes Arab women writers have taken to speak to each other, to their readers, and to the world at large. Drawing from a rich body of literature, the essays collectively attest to the surprisingly lively and committed roles Arab women play in varied geographic regions, at home and abroad. These recent writings assess how the interplay between individual, private, ethnic identity and the collective, public, global world of politics has impacted Arab women's rights.
Nawar Al-Hassan Golley is assistant professor of English, critical theory, and women's studies in the Department of Language and Literature at the American University of Sharjah. She is the author of Reading Arab Women's Autobiographies: Shahrazad Tells Her Story.