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Title "DARKNESS, DIRT, DEVIANCE" – AND DADDY : PATRILINEAL RELATIONSHIPS AND THE NEGOTIATION OF WOMANHOOD IN THE LITERATURE OF MIDDLE EASTERN AND ARAB-AMERICAN WOMEN
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Abstract This thesis explores both works of fiction and non-fiction through which several Middle Eastern and Arab-American women writers have rebelled against traditional religious and ethical standards of their cultures in order to assert their individuality and independence. The writers represented – Darina Al-Joundi, Fadia Faqir, Lucette Lagnado, Elif Shafak, Teresa Nicholas, and numerous short story writers – adeptly display how the worlds of Middle Eastern and Arab-American women often extend beyond the expected roles of wives and mothers, often at the encouragement of their non-traditional Middle Eastern fathers. In several of these works, women flout gender and societal expectations despite enormous pressure to hold to traditional values; sometimes, women rebel against the wishes of their fathers (and brothers) or, in some cases, they rebel because of a lack of male influence in their lives.  
Subjects/Keywords Women's studies; Middle Eastern studies; Brothers; Childlessness; Incest; Mental illness; Patriarchy; Rape; Fathers and daughters in literature; Brothers and sisters in literature; Absentee fathers – In literature; Middle Eastern literature; Arab American women – In literature; Arab American women – Fiction; Women – Middle East – Fiction; Al-Joundi, Darina, 1968-  – Criticism and interpretation; Faqir, Fadia, 1956-  – Criticism and interpretation; Lagnado, Lucette – Criticism and interpretation; Shafak, Elif, 1971-  – Criticism and interpretation; Nicholas, Teresa – Criticism and interpretation; Golley, Nawar Al-Hassan, 1961-  – Criticism and interpretation; Adnan, Etel – Criticism and interpretation; Ṭūqān, Fadwá – Criticism and interpretation; Joseph, Suad – Criticism and interpretation
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