Nationalism, Resistance, and Patriarchy: The Poetry of Saharawi Women

Allan, Joanna (2011) Nationalism, Resistance, and Patriarchy: The Poetry of Saharawi Women. Hispanic Research Journal: Iberian and Latin American Studies, 12 (1). pp. 78-89. ISSN 1468-2737

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Abstract

The arts, and in particular poetry, have been swords of resistance for the Saharawis since the 1975 Moroccan and Mauritanian invasion and subsequent occupation of their country. In this article, I aim to investigate whether Saharawi women writers go further than the more common objects of Saharawi resistance and fight against patriarchy. Firstly, I focus on the work of the Saharawi 'Friendship Generation' of writers, exploring the Generation's collective (nationalist) aims. Secondly, I look at the construction of gender in Saharawi poetry, analysing how gender, particularly the idea of woman and femininity, are imagined according to the sex-identification of the author.

Las artes, sobre todo la poesía, han sido espadas de la resistencia para los saharauis desde la invasión, y la subsecuente ocupación marroquí y mauritana de su país en 1975. En éste articulo, tengo la meta de investigar si las escritoras saharauis van mas allá de los objetos más comunes de la resistencia saharaui y luchan contra el patriarcado en la sociedad saharaui. En primer lugar, enfoco el trabajo de la 'Generación de Amistad' de escritores, explorando las metas nacionalistas de la Generación. En segundo lugar, examino la construcción del género en la poesía saharaui, analizando la manera en que el género, en especial la idea de la mujer y de la feminidad, es imaginado según la autoidentificación de sexo de cada autor.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Western Sahara, Polisario, gender, poetry, friendship generation
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 15:40
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 14:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45687

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