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Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel$
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Samira Aghacy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474466752

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466752.001.0001

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Menopausal Tremors: Refurbishing the Body

Menopausal Tremors: Refurbishing the Body

(p.74) 3 Menopausal Tremors: Refurbishing the Body
Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel

Samira Aghacy

Edinburgh University Press

The third chapter centers on novels by Rene Al-Hayek, Sahar Khalifah, Lina Kreiydiyyeh and Hayfa Bitar. It deals with urban women whose education, professional lives, and modern life-styles gives them agency allowing them personal autonomy and spatial movement. Nevertheless, the anachronistic pull of social and religious discourses that view the female body as anchored in visuality, degenders and desexualizes them, and puts them face to face with the stigma of menopause, a byproduct of modernity. In line with a creeping global consumer culture, these women deal with their degradation through body maintenance and cosmetic products to restore an eroticized youthful body. The effect of sexageism is destabilizing, turning the ageing process into a frightening process of othering and invalidation.

Keywords:   menopause, stigma, global consumer culture, body maintenance, modern lifestyles, degender, sexageism

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