The Motif of the patient wife in Muslim and western literature and folklore

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalCLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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The Motif of the patient wife in Muslim and western literature and folklore. / Hejaiej, Monia Mounira.

In: CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture, Vol. 12, No. 1, 03.2010, p. 1-8.

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