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Revisionary NarrativesMoroccan Women's Auto/Biographical and Testimonial Acts$
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Naïma Hachad

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620221

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620221.001.0001

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The Rise of a Feminist Consciousness in Saïda Menebhi’s Prison Writings

The Rise of a Feminist Consciousness in Saïda Menebhi’s Prison Writings

(p.27) Chapter One The Rise of a Feminist Consciousness in Saïda Menebhi’s Prison Writings
(p.iii) Revisionary Narratives

Naïma Hachad

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 1 reaffirms the historical importance of political prisoner and martyr Saïda Menebhi, who died in prison after her hunger strike in 1977. However, unlike previous studies that emphasize Menebhi’s biography, my analysis also focuses on her writings, particularly the inscription of the people and the revolution in her poetry and unfinished essay on female prostitution. In doing so, the chapter uncovers the nego-feminist strategies Menebhi used to circumvent restrictive sociocultural gender norms of the 1970s and feminize and localize the internationalist and seemingly genderless Marxist-Leninist ideology. The chapter also identifies aspects that make Menebhi a trailblazer who provided Moroccan women with a narrative and a political model for the construction of a feminine testimonial voice and feminist aesthetics.

Keywords:   Saïda Menebhi, nego-feminism, secular ideology, Marxism-Leninism

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