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Mothers And Daughters In Autobiographical Works

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Of all the forms of fiction, the Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, is particularly suited for exploring mother-daughter relationships in women's literature. Modern Arabic literature, like other literary traditions, has its own adaptations of the Bildungsroman. The Arabic adaptation of the Bildungsroman focuses on the particular challenges that the process of Bildung presents to the individual Arab in his or her quest for authentic selfhood. An Egyptian novelist, short-story writer, and political activist, Latifa al-Zayyat (1923–96) was born in the Delta town of Damietta. In her essay To Create and in Creating to Be created, Samar Attar provides intriguing insights into her literary work. Although al-Zayyat's heroine, Layla, and Attar's heroine, Lina, face similar obstacles in their process of self-development, their rebellions and visions of the future are entirely different.

Keywords:Bildungsroman; Latifa al-Zayyat; Layla; Lina; mother-daughter relationships; Samar Attar; women's literature



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