Title

Struggling for the centre from the periphery: The fiction of Zaynab Hifni

Author's Department

Sociology, Egyptology & Anthropology Department

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https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2010.494410

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Contemporary Arab Affairs

Publication Date

7-1-2010

doi

10.1080/17550912.2010.494410

Abstract

The premise of this article is that anthropologists may examine how literature (and novels in particular) can be used by women to create meanings, and how these meanings are relevant to the lives of people in societies. It pursues this theme in the writings of Zaynab Hifni, a prominent younger-generation author whose works have been distributed widely in the Arab world, if not in her native Saudi Arabia. Writing in the realist tradition, Hifni seeks to challenge male-dominated discourses by exploring ways in which women can interpret cultural values and symbols for themselves and thus broaden their scope for choices. © 2010 The Centre for Arab Unity Studies.

First Page

352

Last Page

361

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