Women, Writing and the Iraqi Ba'thist State: Contending Discourses of Resistance and Collaboration, 1968-2003' (Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature) (Paperback)

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Women, Writing and the Iraqi Ba'thist State: Contending Discourses of Resistance and Collaboration, 1968-2003' (Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature) (Paperback)

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In an effort to expand its readership and increase support for its pan-Arab project, the Iraqi Ba'th almost completely eradicated illiteracy among women. As Iraq was metaphorically transformed into a 'female', through its nationalist trope, women writers simultaneously found opportunities and faced obstacles from the state, as the 'woman question' became a site of contention between those who would advocate the progressiveness of the Ba'th and those who would stress its repressiveness and immorality. By exploring discourses on gender in both propaganda and high art fictional writings by Iraqis, this book offers an alternative narrative of the literary and cultural history of Iraq.

Hawraa Al-Hassan is visiting researcher at the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Yasir Suleiman.
Product Details ISBN: 9781474441766
ISBN-10: 1474441769
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: May 30th, 2022
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature