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The Female Suffering Body
Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature

Abir Hamdar

Cloth $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3365-5    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5290-8

"A rich and provocative work that makes a much-needed intervention in the fields of Arabic literature and disability studies and fills an epistemological gap."—International Journal of Middle East Studies

"A richly detailed and engaging analysis of an assortment of short stories and novels published by fifteen authors since 1950."—Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies

"The Female Suffering Body provides a fascinating and significant intervention in the field of modern Arabic literary studies."—Journal for the Society of Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World

"Her reading of texts proves nimble and insightful, and provides an imminently useful corpus of decoding. It represents the type of scholarship that can expand people’s understanding of the Arabic literary tradition in its complexity and depth, while providing an important perspective on the image of women within that tradition."—Al Jadid

"A brilliant and original study . . . bringing together insights from literary criticism, sociology and anthropology of health and illness. Hamdar convincingly argues that the narrative shift from textual silence on female suffering bodies in earlier texts to self-expression and narration of illness in contemporary women’s writing reflects the journey of women from invisibility to visibility, and from marginalization to narration of their subjectivity."—Hoda Elsadda, author of Gender, Nation and the Arabic Novel: Egypt 1892–2008

"Hamdar has made a significant contribution to the critical literature about Arabic language fiction literature. She has provided us with a thoughtful analysis of several novels spanning several countries, and has demonstrated the evolution of Arab writing about the disabled female body."—Ellen J. Amster, author of Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877–1956

  The Female Suffering Body

  Abir Hamdar is a lecturer at Durham University in Durham, England. She has published several articles in such journals as Feminist Theory, Journal of Cultural Research, and Al-Raida.

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6 x 9, 184 pages, notes, references, index

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