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Writing the Silenced BodyNotes on the Flesh

Writing the Silenced BodyNotes on the Flesh THIRD S PACE Writing the Silenced Body Notes on the Flesh SHAHD A LSHAMMARI here is a daunting scarcity of illness narratives and even fewer fictional texts that T include a disabled female heroine in Arab literary works. Disability features in various texts as a subtheme, part of the narrative but never the narrative itself. As a scholar of literature with some research experience in the field of disability studies, I have always struggled to find such works, including memoirs, that feature disabled protagonists. I was diagnosed with MS as an undergraduate student. During the period of my dissertation research, I was often disappointed and felt isolated and lonely when I could not find companion texts that spoke to me about disability from the perspective of Arab women. Born to a Palestinian mother and a Kuwaiti father, I grew up a hybrid, always occupying a space between two identities. When MS entered the picture, I realized that I would be fluctuating between periods of dis- ability and “able-bodiedness.” My body would not adhere to one identity. I was not always able-bodied, and I was not always visibly disabled. As I pursued my graduate studies, my MS progressed and so http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

Writing the Silenced BodyNotes on the Flesh

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Copyright © 2020 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
eISSN
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-8016575
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Abstract

THIRD S PACE Writing the Silenced Body Notes on the Flesh SHAHD A LSHAMMARI here is a daunting scarcity of illness narratives and even fewer fictional texts that T include a disabled female heroine in Arab literary works. Disability features in various texts as a subtheme, part of the narrative but never the narrative itself. As a scholar of literature with some research experience in the field of disability studies, I have always struggled to find such works, including memoirs, that feature disabled protagonists. I was diagnosed with MS as an undergraduate student. During the period of my dissertation research, I was often disappointed and felt isolated and lonely when I could not find companion texts that spoke to me about disability from the perspective of Arab women. Born to a Palestinian mother and a Kuwaiti father, I grew up a hybrid, always occupying a space between two identities. When MS entered the picture, I realized that I would be fluctuating between periods of dis- ability and “able-bodiedness.” My body would not adhere to one identity. I was not always able-bodied, and I was not always visibly disabled. As I pursued my graduate studies, my MS progressed and so

Journal

Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2020

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