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By Dalya Abudi

This examine explores the mother-daughter courting because the so much basic and so much intimate lady courting and because the cornerstone of Arab relatives existence. Drawing on autobiographical and semifictional works by means of ladies writers from around the Arab international, the examine bargains a first-hand account of ways Arab girls view and adventure this first bond. the writer makes use of either early and modern writings of Arab ladies to light up the normal and evolving nature of mother-daughter relationships in Arab households and the way those kinfolk dynamics replicate and impression smooth Arab lifestyles. The compelling narratives demystify the associations of relations and motherhood and express the opportunity of moms and daughters to remodel the patriarchal kin and therefore the cloth of Arab society. A groundbreaking paintings that fills a void in cross-cultural reviews, it really is of curiosity to students and scholars of heart jap reviews, women's reviews, and relations stories.

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Aloof and taciturn, the father becomes a lifeless statue, the ultimate victim of his own position of power and privilegeY 42 43 See also Gregg, 1he Middle East: A Cultural Psychology, pp. 221-28. In Cohen-Mor, Arab Women Writers, pp. 127-28. 40 CHAPTER TWO The socialization of boys and girls takes different paths around the age of seven to nine. The boy enters the men's world, represented by the father, whereas the daughter continues to be socialized by her mother and other female relatives living in the extended household.

235. 56 Edward W. : Harvard University press, 1983), p. 5; see also pp. 8-15, 34-35. " 57 Since the relationship between mothers and daughters is a cultural construction that eventually finds expression and representation in literary texts, one can draw upon these texts as a valid, even crucial, source of information for understanding the relationship. 58 Of all the critical approaches to literature, this study relies primarily on the psychological one. This choice was dictated by the nature of the mother-daughter relationship, for "mothering," as Nancy Chodorow emphatically writes, "is most eminently a psychologically based role.

The father is strict and disciplinarian, relying on forceful corrective measures such as physical punishment. He is formal and remote, spending most of his time outside the home. By contrast, the mother is gentle, affectionate, and compassionate; she is constantly present and involved in the children's daily activities. She also serves as a buffer or mediator between the father and the children, effectively managing to circumvent his commands or prevent a harsh punishment. As a result, the children, especially sons, develop a stronger emotional attachment to the mother and closer ties with her than with the father, whom they respect but fear.

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