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Spaces And Silences: Comparing Biographic Narratives

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This chapter compares the biographies of Hajja and Umm Khalthoum on narrative position and structure, on silences and gaps, on differences and similarities. The narratives proved both a reflection on and in a specific historical and localized discursive context, which provided chances and constraints, space and boundaries, promises and prohibitions. All of the above is applicable not only for Hajja and Umm Khalthoum, but for other women living in the same context as well. The author shows that the personal narratives of Hajja and Umm Khalthoum are not just individual reflections on problems in the present or private memories of the past. These narratives proved to be multi-layered and part and parcel of the construction of their current class positions in the specific location of the town of Kebkabiya.

Keywords: biographic narrative; gaps; Hajja; Kebkabiya; silences; Umm Khalthoum



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