Palestinian and Irish Women in War Literature: A Case of Sorority?


This paper is situated where a number of discourses, feminism, nationalism, and commitment merge, converge and diverge. It tries to set a comparative-contrastive framework between Palestinian and Irish women in war literature, based on some sociopolitical similarities and differences. It examines the nature of war literature as a unique genre inspired by nationalism. It also explains the restrictive nature of war literature guided by principles of social realism and commitment. It presents a definition of feminism in relation to nationalism and war in Palestine and Ireland. It discusses the imagery of Palestinian and Irish women in war literature, with focus on the image of motherhood and the role of the mother. The conclusion validates the particularity of war literature, and the depiction of Palestinian and Irish women in the field, confirming the peculiarity of the subject which evokes interest in trying to present a theoretical framework to ground its features.


Dima Tahboub




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