"Women Writing Men, Men Writing Women"
Authors on this panel discuss the challenge of writing from the perspective of another gender and how they see literature as a way to create a dialogue between men and women in the region.
- Thu., Mar. 5, 2009, 1:30 PM
- Family Theater
- 90 minutes
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In keeping with global changes, the lives of men and women in the Arab world have intersected in ways unthinkable in the past. Women can now be found working in all sectors of the economy, gaining more visibility and assuming greater responsibilities. In the social realm, however, women and men occupy spheres that do not always overlap. The communication gap between the two genders and the push for equality among them has been an ongoing concern for the region's authors. Many of these authors have attempted to imagine the lives of members of the opposite gender and have shown genuine empathy and understanding. The invited authors on this panel will discuss the challenge of writing another gender and how they see literature as a way to create a dialogue between men and women in the region. Event Timing: 90 minutes
Amal Amireh (Palestine/USA) is associate professor of postcolonial literature at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Born and raised in El Bireh, Palestine, she is author of The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (Garland 2000) and winner of the 2004 Florence Howe Award, presented by the Women's Caucus of the Modern Language Association for best article from a feminist perspective.
Hoda Barakat (Lebanon/France) was born in Northern Lebanon. Barakat lived in Beirut until 1989 when she moved to Paris, where she currently lives and works as a journalist. In 1989, she received the al-Naqid (Critic's) Award, and in 2000 the Naguib Mahfouz Award from the American University of Cairo.
Sonallah Ibrahim (Egypt) is a novelist and short story writer. He is one of the most experimental and best-selling novelists in the Arab world. His novels incorporate many excerpts from newspapers, magazines, and screenplays and employ multiple narrators and points of view. His works, which have been translated to numerous languages, include That Smell, Zat, Sharaf, Warda, and Beirut, Beirut.
Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World
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A. Huda and Samia Farouki
The State of Kuwait
The State of Qatar
The United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture and Information, Kingdom of Bahrain; the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center; The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Alice and David Rubenstein; Saudi Aramco; the Ford Foundation; Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian; Elaine and Steve Wynn; Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and Mr. Smith Bagley; The Laura Pels Foundation; and the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.Presented in cooperation with the League of Arab States.