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The Forbidden Woman (European Women Writers Series)

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The Forbidden Woman tells the story of Sultana, an Algerian woman doctor who, after years spent living in France, returns to her native village in order to attend the funeral of a former lover. The clash between her origins and the Westernized life she now leads is explored in telling detail against the backdrop of current events in Algeria. A work that combines insight into both political and personal matters, The Forbidden Woman develops a complex portrait of a country torn between progress and prejudice, secular life and Islamic fundamentalism. In this passionate book, Malika Mokeddem places special emphasis on the position of women in modern Algeria. The frequent indignities and injustices suffered by the narrator reflect the plight of women in a society marked by patriarchalism and religious fundamentalism. Yet the novel also suggests that, along with modernization, there are emerging demands for women's rights in Algeria-demands that might well signal a vastly different future for this tormented nation. Mokeddem was born into an illiterate nomad family in Kenadsa, Algeria. She had the opportunity, rare for a Moslem female, to attend the university in Oran. Later she completed her medical studies in Montpellier, France, where she currently practices medicine. The Forbidden Woman is her third novel. K. Melissa Marcus is an associate professor of French at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of The Representation of Mesmerism in Honor de Balzac's La Comdie Humaine and the translator of Nina Bouraoui's Forbidden Vision.

Synopsis:

The Forbidden Woman tells the story of Sultana, an Algerian woman doctor who, after years spent living in France, returns to her native village in order to attend the funeral of a former lover. The clash between her origins and the Westernized life she now leads is explored in telling detail against the backdrop of current events in Algeria. A work that combines insight into both political and personal matters, The Forbidden Woman develops a complex portrait of a country torn between progress and prejudice, secular life and Islamic fundamentalism.

In this passionate book, Malika Mokeddem places special emphasis on the position of women in modern Algeria. The frequent indignities and injustices suffered by the narrator reflect the plight of women in a society marked by patriarchalism and religious fundamentalism. Yet the novel also suggests that, along with modernization, there are emerging demands for womens rights in Algeria—demands that might well signal a vastly different future for this tormented nation.

About the Author

Malika Mokeddem was born into an illiterate nomad family in Kenadsa, Algeria. She had the opportunity, rare for a Moslem female, to attend the university in Oran. Later she completed her medical studies in Montpellier, France, where she currently practices medicine. The Forbidden Woman is her third novel. Melissa Marcus is an associate professor of French at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of The Representation of Mesmerism in Honoré de Balzacs “La Comédie Humaine” and the translator of Nina Bouraouis Forbidden Vision.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803282407
Translator:
Marcus, K. Melissa
Author:
Marcus, K. Melissa
Translator:
Marcus, Karen Melissa
Author:
Marcus, Karen Melissa
Author:
Mokeddem, Malika
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Algeria
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Algeria Social life and customs Fiction.
Subject:
Women -- Algeria -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
European women writers series
Series Volume:
no. 639
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
156
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.5 lb

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The Forbidden Woman tells the story of Sultana, an Algerian woman doctor who, after years spent living in France, returns to her native village in order to attend the funeral of a former lover. The clash between her origins and the Westernized life she now leads is explored in telling detail against the backdrop of current events in Algeria. A work that combines insight into both political and personal matters, The Forbidden Woman develops a complex portrait of a country torn between progress and prejudice, secular life and Islamic fundamentalism.

In this passionate book, Malika Mokeddem places special emphasis on the position of women in modern Algeria. The frequent indignities and injustices suffered by the narrator reflect the plight of women in a society marked by patriarchalism and religious fundamentalism. Yet the novel also suggests that, along with modernization, there are emerging demands for womens rights in Algeria—demands that might well signal a vastly different future for this tormented nation.

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