Mills Professor Publishes Fifth Book, Dissident Writings of Arab Women: Voices Against Violence
Oakland, CA–February 28, 2014 Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Mills College Brinda Mehta has published a groundbreaking new book entitled Dissident Writings of Arab Women: Voices Against Violence (Routledge 2014).
Dissident Writings of Arab Women explores the ways in which the authors provide the blueprint for social justice by voicing protest and stimulating critical thought, particularly in instances of social oppression, structural violence, and political transition. In the book, Mehta analyzes a series of literary genres including novels, short stories, poetry, docudramas, interviews, and testimonials written by a selected group of postcolonial Arab women.
“This book is a serious and well-documented contribution to the study of feminist dissent,” asserts Professor of Arabic Literature at Columbia University Muhsin al-Musawi. “She delves into writings and documents that present Arab women’s struggle through art, literature, and other public sphere activity to interrogate forms and types of violence that have targeted women populations."
A broad span of contemporary topics are covered with individual chapters dedicated to the Algerian civil war, sexual and economic violence against Morocco's street children, clandestine migration and border violence against women, Arab minorities in France, and women's engagements with the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt.