By Fedwa Malti-Douglas
The three-volume life-story of the Egyptian highbrow Tahah Husayn (1889-1973) is a landmark in smooth autobiography, in Arabic letters, and within the literature of blindness. This justly celebrated textual content, besides the fact that, hasn't ever been subjected to the sustained literary research the following offered through Fedwa Malti-Douglas. Born right into a modest family members and blinded in youth, Husayn however conquered first his personal after which a ecu academic method to turn into certainly one of his country's best modernizers. Professor Malti-Douglas indicates that the private, social, and literary fact of the hero's blindness supplies the autobiography its cohesion and strength. Blindness and Autobiography is not just a wealthy explication of al-Ayyam yet a pioneering examine of the interplay among a critical actual handicap and the autobiographical method. It provides a brand new standpoint to the modern dialogue of the cultural makes use of of the physique. the 1st a part of the booklet 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 common 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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