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Desert Voices: Bedouin Women's Poetry in Saudi Arabia (Library of Modern Middle East Studies) Hardcover – July 7, 2009
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Moneera Al-Ghadeer is Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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What was more interesting than mere translating those hard to understand even for a native Arab lines, was the deep post-colonial feminist critique she is mastering to dig into the souls and history. She brought the reading of poetry to another level of women's struggle to achieve existence and the recognition of the validity of their experiences.
"Desert Voices" is one of those rare and precious works of literary criticism that not only puts a "lesser-known" tradition into dialogue with the questions and theoretical insights of Continental philosophers, but also places the reader in the thick, local field of references inhabited by the feeling, affectively-charged artist herself - in this case, the Bedouin poetess. The mourning, melancholy, desire and fantasy given voice in this poetry, and delivered and performed in their analysis, makes the academic project into something new and tangible. Concepts of translation, translatability, and affect are presented in a way that is pedagogical and insightful.
Highly recommended for students of comparative literature, cultural studies, anthropology, and translation.