In her article "The Motif of the Patient Wife in Muslim and Western Literature and Folklore" Monia Mounira Hejaiej examines the tale of modern Tunisian tale of "Sabra" told by women to an all female audience. Hejaiej's analysis includes some of the tale's analogues in oral folklore from various linguistic and cultural contexts such as Tunisia and including readings of the medieval variant written in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Hejaiej argues that a comparative analysis provides us with a broader scope of interpretive paths in order to deconstruct essentialized readings of the tale, on the one hand, and to challenge previously accepted conventional boundaries between cultures on the other. Hejaiej offers a critique of literary scholarship that has ignored the relevance of folk variants of similar themes in various languages and cultures and of feminist scholars who have read reductively the motif of the patient wife as misogynistic.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Literature and Literary Theory