This dissertation explores the relations between gender and crisis in Arabic literature from the late 1960s to the present. Working in a regional Arab context, I define crisis as an endemic situation of political paralysis and cultural stagnation, one historically connected to the Arab world’s failure to obtain the political freedoms, economic independence, and social reforms aspired to in anticolonial nationalism. Reading a hybrid mix of four novels, a novella, a poetic memoir, and two poems by Ghassan Kanafani (2004), Sahar Khalifeh, Fadwa Tuqan, Mayy al-Sayigh, Rashid al-Daif (2007), Jabbur al-Duwayhi, and Sonallah Ibrahim (2001), I illustrate the dynamic role played by gender in the following national-regional crises: the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the ongoing legacy of tribal and sectarian conflict in Lebanon, and the alliance between comprador capitalism and the police...

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