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Representing Islam: female subjects in Suzanne Fisher Staples's novels

Bradford, Clare 2007, Representing Islam: female subjects in Suzanne Fisher Staples's novels, Children's literature association quarterly, vol. 32, no. 1, Spring, pp. 47-61.

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Title Representing Islam: female subjects in Suzanne Fisher Staples's novels
Author(s) Bradford, Clare
Journal name Children's literature association quarterly
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 47
End page 61
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Place of publication Baltimore, Md.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0885-0429
1553-1201
Summary This article offers a reading of Suzanne Fisher Staples's novels Shabanu, Haveli,and Under the Persimmon Tree, drawing on postcolonial theory (in particular, Chandra Talpade Mohanty's essay "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses" and Edward Said's Orientalism) to inform its analysis of the construction of girls and women in these texts. It argues that the novels' representations of Muslim girls are built on a naturalized contrast between liberal humanist paradigms of individualism and personal freedom, and homogenizing depictions of oppressed Muslim females, thus producing Orientalist distinctions between the West and the Orient.
Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, Johns Hopkins University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007860

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