Women, Writing and the Iraqi State : Resistance and Collaboration Under the Ba'Th, 1968-2003, Hardback Book

Women, Writing and the Iraqi State : Resistance and Collaboration Under the Ba'Th, 1968-2003 Hardback

Part of the Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature series

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In an effort to expand its readership and increase support for its pan-Arab project, the Iraqi Ba'th almost completely eradicated illiteracy among women.

As Iraq was metaphorically transformed into a 'female', through its nationalist trope, women writers simultaneously found opportunities and faced obstacles from the state, as the 'woman question' became a site of contention between those who would advocate the progressiveness of the Ba'th and those who would stress its repressiveness and immorality.

By exploring discourses on gender in both propaganda and high art fictional writings by Iraqis, this book offers an alternative narrative of the literary and cultural history of Iraq.

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