205 FEDWA MALTI-DOUGLAS, Woman's Body, Woman's Word, Gender and Discourse in Arabo-Islamic Writing, Princeton, N.J., 1991, X, 206 pp. Cl. $37.50, £25.00; P. $12.95, £9.95. Since the late seventies Fedwa Malti-Douglas has been publishing studies of classical and modern Arabic literature which attract attention for their unconventional (at least for Arabists) psychoanalytic or/and psychosocial approach. Here she presents analyses of classical and modern Arabic literary works which deserve the notice of those interested in gender studies and in literary studies as well, analyses which continue some of her former studies. They fascinate by their unorthodox and sophisticated way of regarding literature, breaking chronological boundaries and textual and generic limits: "Philosophy, mysticism, geography, cosmography, biography: all are essential players in the gender game and in the propagation of cultural ideas and values. Religio-theological concepts find their way into the world of lexicography and philology...Arabo-Islamic discourse... is the reflection of a civilizational reality in which religious values and ideals become embodied in the literary and cultural expressions of historical Middle Eastern societies. All of the texts ana- lyzed here are or were influential. But many are not in the canon." (P. 4) One should add that the degree of influence
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