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Who Gets To Become The Liberal Subject? Ventriloquized Memoirs And The Individual In 1920s Egypt

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Ubayd was among the first writers in Arabic to publish fictional memoirs, but the genre proliferated through the 1920s. This chapter concerns the relationship between the rise of this genre of writing the ?self? and contemporaneous debates on the state?s relationship to citizens which entailed assumptions about defining the individual as liberal subject. Despite the importance of ?the woman question? to many male liberal reformers, this ?question? in fact had to do centrally with containing possible consequences of new educational opportunities for women. The chapter presents the ventriloquized memoirs that raise questions about those consequences for women and girls rather than men. They raise questions about women?s access to public spaces.

Keywords: contemporaneous debates; liberal reformers; liberal subject; public spaces; state?s relationship; Ubayd; ventriloquized memoirs; women?s access



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