Transgender subjects, fairytales, and red light districts: strategies of subversion in Tunisian women’s writing under Ben ‘Ali

@inproceedings{Head2016TransgenderSF,
  title={Transgender subjects, fairytales, and red light districts: strategies of subversion in Tunisian women’s writing under Ben ‘Ali},
  author={Gretchen A Head},
  year={2016}
}
ABSTRACTThis article analyses three Arabic novels by prominent Tunisian women writers published in the decade preceding the mass protests of 2010: Mas‘ūdah Abū Bakr’s Ṭurshqānah (1999), Faḍīlah Al-Shābbī’s al-‘Adl (Justice, 2005), and Fatḥīyah al-Hāshimī’s Maryam tasquṭ min yad Allāh (Maryam Falls from the Hand of God, 2009). These novels are interpreted as alternative political discourses that work to expose the methods of regulation and normalisation in Tunisia under Ben ‘Ali. While each has… CONTINUE READING

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