Blindness and Autobiography: Al-Ayyam of Taha Husayn by Fedwa Malti-Douglas
By Fedwa Malti-Douglas
The three-volume life-story of the Egyptian highbrow Tahah Husayn (1889-1973) is a landmark in sleek autobiography, in Arabic letters, and within the literature of blindness. This justly celebrated textual content, although, hasn't ever been subjected to the sustained literary research right here provided through Fedwa Malti-Douglas. Born right into a modest relations and blinded in youth, Husayn however conquered first his personal after which a eu academic process to turn into considered one of his country's top modernizers. Professor Malti-Douglas exhibits that the non-public, social, and literary truth of the hero's blindness offers the autobiography its solidarity and strength. Blindness and Autobiography isn't just a wealthy explication of al-Ayyam yet a pioneering research of the interplay among a critical actual handicap and the autobiographical technique. It provides a brand new point of view to the modern dialogue of the cultural makes use of of the physique. the 1st a part of the publication explores blindness and society, from the evolving clash among own and social conceptions of the handicap to the way in which blindness redefines the extra typical problems with conventional as opposed to glossy, East as opposed to West. the second one part examines the connection of blindness to the autobiography's ecriture, rhetoric, and narration.
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