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Radwa Ashour, Ferial Ghazoul, and Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161469

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161469.001.0001

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(p.283) 9 Yemen
Arab Women Writers

Radwa Ashour

Ferial J. Ghazoul

Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

American University in Cairo Press

The cultural ruptures and lacunae that are a product of Yemen's modern history, both in the north and the south, are reflected in the general conditions of Yemeni life and particularly in the cultural identity and literature of women. Yemeni women's literature does not have the same sort of roots as that of their Arab sisters in Egypt, Iraq, and the Levant. Yemeni women's writing is marked by a spirit of ambition and rebellion. The reader of Yemeni women's poetry can discern a traditional strain in women's modern poetry. Their poems tend to rely on directness, clarity, and naked meaning. Yemeni women reflect more general trends in Arab women's poetry. Their poetic consciousness displays a less than firm command of cultural and mythical symbols, and most of their poems are free of intertextual references.

Keywords:   Yemen, literature, women, modern poetry, cultural symbols, mythical symbols

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