Completing your online discussion forum post involves two steps:
Please note that you must complete steps 1 and 2 in order for your assignment to be considered complete. You can find more information on how to write successful online discussion forum posts at the links below. Please look at these resources carefully, as they provide very useful strategies you can use to improve your grade:
Your online discussion forum posts are worth 50 points each (out of a total 1000 points for the course). They will be assessed according to the attached rubric. Please submit your posts on time so that we can use them as launching pads for our class discussions. Two points will be deducted for each day of lateness. Please note that I only grade these once, meaning you may not resubmit these for a better grade and you may not ask me to change your grade to accommodate late responses to other posts.
PROMPT FOR ONLINE DISCUSSION POST #4:
The purpose of this post is to find evidence in the outside world of some of the issues we have been discussing this week. Using “Publishing in the West: Problems and Prospects for Arab Women Writers” by Amal Amireh (link: http://www.aljadid.com/content/publishing-west-problems-and-prospects-arab-women-writers#sthash.TD0U5El0.dpuf)and “Packaging ‘Huda’: Sha’rawi’s Memoirs in the United States Reception Environment” by Mohja Kahf as a point of departure, we have been exploring the problems in how novels written by Arab writers (especially Arab women writers) are often “packaged” and “received” in translation. (For example, Amireh argues these novels are often “packaged” with paratext that reinforces stereotypical views of the Arab world, and that they are often “received” as “sociological and anthropological texts that ‘reflect’ the reality of Islam and the Arab world.” Kahf argues that works written by Arab women are often “packaged” and “received” in the U.S. in ways that reinforce three stereotypes of the Arab woman as either a “victim of gender oppression,” “an escapee” from her culture, or a “pawn of Arab male power.”)
Your job is to find examples that support Amireh and Kahf’s arguments for ONE of the four novels we’re reading in this class (Season of Migration to the North, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Girls of Riyadh, and Always Coca Cola). You can look at how the book is “packaged” by closely examining its paratext. (Paratext refers to anything added on to the book that is not the direct words of the author herself. For example, the images on the cover, the blurb on the back of the book jacket, and the praise from reviewers often included on the first few pages are all considered paratext.) You can also look at how the book has been “received” by examining readers’ reactions online. (For example, you can look at reviews written by readers on sites such as Amazon.) In your post, you should discuss the following questions:
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