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Title: Women writers and critics in modern Egypt (1888-1963)
Author: El-Rabie, Mahmoud Bikheet
ISNI:       0000 0004 0123 4124
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University of London
Date of Award: 1965
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This thesis deals with the contribution of Egyptian women to modern Arabic literature and literary criticism in the period 1888-1963. It consists of five chapters, an introduotion7 conclusions, biography and a comprehensive list of works written by female writers and critics. The introduction outlines the purpose of the work, why the subject has been chosen, the definition of the term "Egyptian women" and the method in which the research has been conducted. Chapter I surveys the Egyptian feminist movement from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present date. Special attention is given to the history and principles of the movement and to the change in the social position of women in both peasant society and the towns. The life of women students at the university and the role played by women's organizations are also discussed. The second chapter treats women poets who are classified according to tendencies. Their poetry is analysed and the distinguishing features discussed. In Chapter III special attention is first given to the didactic-fiction of 'Aishah al-Taimuriyyah who is distinguished by this type of story as well as by being the earliest woman novelist. One small category comprises historical accounts, biographical or otherwise, which are presented as historical novels. The main category, however, is the novels which deal with the feminist movement or which spring directly from it. Chapter IV treats the short story as a distinct form. The principles of the European short story are applied and stress is put on issues connected with marriage and family life. Chapter V discusses women critics whose views are examined in detail and related to the critical trends generally prevalent in Egypt. Reference is occasionally made to early Arabic and modern European criticism. The conclusions recapitulate the main points and stress the findings of the thesis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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