“Women's Writing on Women's Writing”: Mayy Ziyada's Literary Biographies as Egyptian Feminist History

  title={“Women's Writing on Women's Writing”: Mayy Ziyada's Literary Biographies as Egyptian Feminist History},
  author={Hala Kamal},
  journal={Women's Writing},
  pages={268 - 287}
  • H. Kamal
  • Published 17 October 2017
  • Art, Sociology
  • Women's Writing
ABSTRACT This paper looks as three literary biographies written by the Arab feminist writer Mayy Ziyada (1886–1941), published in Cairo at the beginning of the twentieth century: Bahithat al-Badiya (1920), Aisha Taymur (1926) and Warda al-Yaziji (1926). Ziyada is a pioneer Arab woman writer and feminist intellectual who wrote articles which were published in various newspapers issued in Egypt at the time, in addition to her several books of essays. The focus of this paper, however, will be… 



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