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Arab Women WritersA Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999$
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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.60) 2 Syria
Arab Women Writers

Radwa Ashour

Ferial J. Ghazoul

Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

American University in Cairo Press

Female literary pioneers in Syria played an extremely important role in the struggle for women's emancipation in Syria and a no less significant role in the emancipation of men as well. Syrian literature, prose and poetry, was shaped by sociopolitical conditions, which had a profound impact on literary genres and forms as well as their themes and certain intellectual and artistic trends. The student of contemporary Syrian literature can count hundreds of Syrian women writing novels, short stories, and poetry with varying degrees of skill, producing texts that put Syrian literature on par with other Arabic literatures. The social developments in Syrian society, particularly its views of women, have created a climate that has encouraged women to express themselves and enrich their literary talents with knowledge and life experience, without which no real literature is possible.

Keywords:   literary pioneers, Syria, women, prose, poetry

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