This rigorously documented collection brings together for the first time original essays by leading authorities in the field on nine contemporary Arab women novelists from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. The essays focus on texts available in English translation and explore with great theoretical sophistication the relationship of these authors’ texts to contemporary phenomena of feminism, nationalism, postcolonialism, war, transnationalism, and societal change.
Lisa Suhair Majaj is an independent scholar and writer and coeditor of Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers and Etel Adnan: Critical Reflections.
Paula W. Sunderman is associate professor emerita of English at Mississippi State University and author of Connections: Writing Across Disciplines. She has published numerous articles in women’s studies and in stylistics.
Therese Saliba is on the faculty of Third World Feminist Studies at Evergreen State College, Washington, and is coeditor of Gender, Politics, and Islam.