Discourse on Gender/Gendered Discourse in the Middle East


In this book, Shoshan asserts that in contemporary Middle Eastern countries the "field of struggle" that cultures constitute provides the ground for contesting and transforming the hegemonic patriarchal discourse and recently began to give voice, especially in women's literature, to feminist critique. Examining the gender issue as reflected in a variety of discourses that take place in contemporary Middle Eastern cultures, the contributors explore how feminine images are constructed in tradition-bound societies and in the context of nationalist projects. Both Islamic societies in Middle Eastern countries and the Jewish society in Israel are addressed in the discussion of the role of women's writing and other means of expression in challenging traditional-patriarchal concepts, including nationalism. While the conclusion about the manipulation that patriarchal discourse performs on women's images supports the available scholarship, the emphasis in this volume on the specific expressions of femininediscourse will be a welcome addition to the existing literature.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Farzaneh Milani
  • Ruth Barzilai-lumbroso
  • Zahra Kamalkhani
  • Tamar El-or
  • Mira Tzoreff
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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