There is a daunting scarcity of illness narratives and even fewer fictional texts that 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...
Writing the Silenced Body: Notes on the Flesh
SHAHD ALSHAMMARI is assistant professor of English literature at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (Mishref, Kuwait). She earned her PhD at the University of Kent (United Kingdom). Her research interests include disability and gender studies. Contact: email@example.com.
Shahd Alshammari; Writing the Silenced Body: Notes on the Flesh. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 March 2020; 16 (1): 79–86. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-8016575
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