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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World$
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Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780990895800

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.001.0001

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From Guineas to Riyals: Teaching Woolf in the Middle East

From Guineas to Riyals: Teaching Woolf in the Middle East

(p.99) From Guineas to Riyals: Teaching Woolf in the Middle East
Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Erin Amann Holliday-Karre

Liverpool University Press

The author reflects on her experience teaching Western literature and feminism to young (mostly) Arab women at Qatar University. This paper explores the limits of Western feminist ideology in the Middle East through Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas (1938). The essay compares Woolf’s feminism to the liberal feminism of the International Women’s Alliance which, in the early 20th century, launched a world tour to recruit women around suffrage and equality. Because Woolf refuses to champion the ideology of liberal humanism, students are introduced to the kind of argumentation that allows them to challenge an all-too-common tenet of liberal humanist feminism that insists upon the oppression of women in the Middle East.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, Middle East, Feminism, Arab women, Liberal humanism, Veil, Education

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