ENGC51H3 Lecture Notes - May Ziade, Scheherazade

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27 Nov 2011
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A sense of inferiority due to colonialism not good to be an arab. Overview of the problems faced by women writers. History of arab women writers date back long before the 19th century. One of the most successful poets in 3 islamic periods - 6th/7th century. Wrote about her brothers who passed away during war (elegies) After converting to islan, she wrote poems about islam and the prophet poetry was extremely important at this time. She was a very independent woman, travelled, never married. Did not conform to the traditional arab women"s role. After converting to islam, she started writing poetry (mystic, spiritual, etc). A man is betrayed by his wife and then sets out on a killing spree to get rid of virgin women after sleeping with them\ Shahrazad was seductive through her way of storytelling and manages to change the king"s mind about women.

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