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Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture$
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Valerie Anishchenkova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643400

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643400.001.0001

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Writing Selves on Bodies

Writing Selves on Bodies

(p.75) 2 Writing Selves on Bodies
Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture

Valerie Anishchenkova

Edinburgh University Press

The particularities of cultural and ideological discourses in the Arab world, as well as traditional literary conventions, have informed a troubled relationship between Arab autobiographers and their autobiographical bodies. But if human body was virtually absent in early works of the genre, physicality has gradually become an important site for the construction of autobiographical identity. This chapter investigates two distinct dimensions in which corporeal selfhood is articulated – sexuality and disability. Muhammad Shukri’s Bare Bread (1973) and Nazik Saba Yarid’s Improvisations on a Missing String (1992) serve as core studies.

Keywords:   Sexuality, Body, Physicality, Disability, Bodily identity, Muhammad Shukri (Mohamed Choukri), Nazik Saba Yarid, Masculinity, Femininity, Autopathography

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