AUTHORITY VERSUS SEXUALITY: DIALECTICS IN WOMAN'S IMAGE IN MODERN SUDANESE NARRATIVE DISCOURSE

AUTHORITY VERSUS SEXUALITY: DIALECTICS IN WOMAN'S IMAGE IN MODERN SUDANESE NARRATIVE DISCOURSE AUTHORITY VERSUS SEXUALITY: DIALECTICS IN WOMAN’S IMAGE IN MODERN SUDANESE NARRATIVE DISCOURSE AFIS A. OLADOSU University of Ibadan, Nigeria Abstract Notwithstanding its “peripheral” status in Arabic literary writing, the por- trayal of the woman’s image in the Sudanese narrative discourse essays the protean nature of literary and intellectual activities in Sudan and the eclecticism in the status of the Sudanese woman ( al-mar " a al-s  d ˆ niyya ) in the early modern period in the country. This paper attempts to appro- priate her locus and location in Sudan’s historical and socio-cultural land- scape using the mirror provided by Mu ’ˆ wiyya Muhammad N  r, Mulkat D ˆ r Muhammad and Tayeb Salih as its guide. The dialecticism in her image which is evidenced in the creative world of these writers is there- after sublimated into two strategies: Authority and Sexuality. Appearing without doubt as a “ bid ’ ah ”, an innovation, in its cul- tural history, the Sudanese narrative discourse has, since the 1930s, manifested a seemingly compulsive engagement with the woman. In its discursive and discursive textures, Sudanese writers and crit- ics have all attempted to plumb the inner portals of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hawwa Brill

AUTHORITY VERSUS SEXUALITY: DIALECTICS IN WOMAN'S IMAGE IN MODERN SUDANESE NARRATIVE DISCOURSE

Hawwa , Volume 2 (1): 113 – Jan 1, 2004

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AUTHORITY VERSUS SEXUALITY: DIALECTICS IN WOMAN’S IMAGE IN MODERN SUDANESE NARRATIVE DISCOURSE AFIS A. OLADOSU University of Ibadan, Nigeria Abstract Notwithstanding its “peripheral” status in Arabic literary writing, the por- trayal of the woman’s image in the Sudanese narrative discourse essays the protean nature of literary and intellectual activities in Sudan and the eclecticism in the status of the Sudanese woman ( al-mar " a al-s  d ˆ niyya ) in the early modern period in the country. This paper attempts to appro- priate her locus and location in Sudan’s historical and socio-cultural land- scape using the mirror provided by Mu ’ˆ wiyya Muhammad N  r, Mulkat D ˆ r Muhammad and Tayeb Salih as its guide. The dialecticism in her image which is evidenced in the creative world of these writers is there- after sublimated into two strategies: Authority and Sexuality. Appearing without doubt as a “ bid ’ ah ”, an innovation, in its cul- tural history, the Sudanese narrative discourse has, since the 1930s, manifested a seemingly compulsive engagement with the woman. In its discursive and discursive textures, Sudanese writers and crit- ics have all attempted to plumb the inner portals of the

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