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Unsettled In The Border Zone

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In comparing the biographic narratives of Hajja and Umm Khalthoum it appeared that there were two different discourses on femininity at work in Kebkabiya. There was a dominant and a silenced moral discourse as concomitant to the distinction between an ‘elite’ and a ‘non-elite’ class. In this chapter the author deconstructs her analysis of these narratives in order to unsettle the fixed and closed constructions of both women. The author's ‘Epilogues’ to the narratives of Hajja and Umm Khalthoum were not just self-reflexive intermezzos to liven up the text but one of her attempts at deconstructing her own constructions. Finally the author pursues this process of deconstruction in order to find alternative subject positions and decide to what extent these constitute avenues for change.

Keywords: biographic narratives; Hajja; Kebkabiya; Umm Khalthoum



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