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Diasporic Syrian women writers: stories of resilience and survival

Anis, Rida, Aldared, Fozya, Kemal, Bahriye, Woolley, Agnes (2023) Diasporic Syrian women writers: stories of resilience and survival. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, . ISSN 1353-0194. E-ISSN 1469-3542. (doi:10.1080/13530194.2022.2164481) (KAR id:99436)


In 2020, Ghada Alatrash and Najat Abed Alsamad noted that, ‘Historically Syrians have written and spoken about exile in their literature, long before the Syrian war began in March of 2011’. (p. 4) This paper brings together two Syrian women writers who straddle this epochal moment in Syrian history: Mohja Kahf and Ibtisam 10 Tracy. It seeks to bridge the gap between these writers and to

chart new trends in diasporic writing by Syrian women. It argues that bringing Kahf and Tracy into the same frame captures the complex diasporic positioning of contemporary Syrian women writers. This in turn offers new perspectives on transnational and 15 postcolonial criticism, in particular by focusing on gendered resilience in the diaspora through the act of storytelling in solidarity. By bringing into discussion current socio-political issues presented by Syrian women, this paper seeks to challenge the dominant representations of Muslim/Arab women in general and Syrian women in particular.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13530194.2022.2164481
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN851 Comparative Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Funders: University of Kent (
Council for At-Risk Academics (
Depositing User: Bahriye Kemal
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2023 17:45 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 17:11 UTC
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Kemal, Bahriye.

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