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Muslim Textualities
A Literary Approach to Feminism

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ISBN 9781032038315
March 4, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Muslim women writers located in Europe and American entered the cultural mainstream. In literary and visual productions, the authors negotiated static visual emblems of Islam, most prominently as "the veil." They did so not by rejecting veiling practices, but by devising strategies of representation that drew on Muslim resources, concepts. and visual traditions as well as popular empowerment narratives. Mainstream reception of their works has often overlooked or misread the negotiations and tactics of these productions. Muslim Textualities argues for more flexible and capacious interpretation, with particular attention to visibility as a metaphor for political agency and to knowledge of cultural contexts. This provocative volume aims to articulate the Muslim female agency through clear and accessible analysis of the theory and concepts driving the interpretation of these works. Scholars interested in the working representations of Muslim women, feminist subjectivities, and the complexities of gender roles, patriarchy, and feminism in Islamic narratives will find this volume of particular interest.

Table of Contents



Chapter One

Sex and Other Cities: Abjected Age, Abandoned Flesh

Chapter Two

Female Masochism and Textual Masquerade in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Untold Story

Chapter Three

Muslimah Seeing America: Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

Chapter Four

Surface Violation: Parastou Forouhar’s Domestic Sublime

Chapter Five

The Mother Mark and Other Tongues in Nylon Road



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Jean M. Kane received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in English from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Art History from Indiana University. She is currently professor of English and Women’s Studies at Vassar College.