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Title:Beyond the literary veil - women writing Africa: the northern region (2009)
Author:Khan, Khatija
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic term:Northern Africa
Subjects:short stories
women writers
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186874.2012.699920
Abstract:Whenever African literature is discussed there is an articulated incorrect assumption that this relates to all the regions of Africa, except North Africa. A related further assumption is that only men in North Africa write. Female writers from the North barely receive critical attention, although they have been writing creative works. The aim of this article is to dispel the notion of literary drought when describing North Africa. Using the text, 'Women writing Africa: the northern region' (2009), an anthology of letters, essays, songs, and short stories translated from Arabic, the article demonstrates the different sensibilities that female authors in North Africa have created and manifest, when writing against patriarchy as well as against ideological philistinism within their communities. It is argued that female authors from North Africa - African-Arab women - are versatile in their imaginations as they engage with social reality from the perspective of creative art as well as political discourse. The article concludes that this assertion removes the literary veil so that North African female authors can begin to be appreciated artistically, more than has been the situation up to now. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]