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Lecture 3

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Department
English
Course
ENGC51H3
Professor
Maria Assif
Semester
Fall

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Arab Women Writers Lecture 3 ➢ Historical Background in Egypt in the 70s ➢ Characters  Male vs. Female  Themes  Symbolism ➢ Genre (Introduction/Foreword) ➢ WomanAt Point Zero  Published in English in '81 but originally in the 70s.  Arabic Infitah  Being economically open to the West (and capitalism)  Was a reaction to Marxism – so Egypt felt like it had to be open to the West.  Abdenasser  Head of state at the time - 60s/70s (Marxism/Nationalism)  He thought that Egypt had to be involved in wars especially against Isreal (conflict w/ Israel was based on geography rather than religion). So responsible for war in 1956  Wanted to go back to the era before colonialism  Anuar Sadat  Pro-capitalism, pro-west  In favor of peace w/ Isreal  Camp David – peace treaty (1978)  Encouraged capitalism and tourism  * Belief that with capitalism came dirty money through prostitution which is emphasized in book (rich man who pulls up in car) ➢ 1) Infitah  Huge discrepancy btwn rich and poor – money becomes very important  Infitah brought democracy  *In intro she says pokes fun at infitah saying that it didn't bring along political empowerment - “many females were put in prison for political views” ➢ 2) Islamism  Growth of Islam in Egypt
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