By Fedwa Malti-Douglas
The three-volume life-story of the Egyptian highbrow Tahah Husayn (1889-1973) is a landmark in sleek autobiography, in Arabic letters, and within the literature of blindness. This justly celebrated textual content, even if, hasn't ever been subjected to the sustained literary research right here provided through Fedwa Malti-Douglas. Born right into a modest relations and blinded in adolescence, Husayn however conquered first his personal after which a eu academic procedure to turn into one among his country's best modernizers. Professor Malti-Douglas indicates that the private, social, and literary fact of the hero's blindness supplies the autobiography its team spirit and strength. Blindness and Autobiography isn't just a wealthy explication of al-Ayyam yet a pioneering examine of the interplay among a serious actual handicap and the autobiographical technique. It provides a brand new viewpoint to the modern dialogue of the cultural makes use of of the physique. the 1st a part of the publication explores blindness and society, from the evolving clash among own and social conceptions of the handicap to the best way blindness redefines the extra normal problems with conventional as opposed to smooth, East as opposed to West. the second one part examines the connection of blindness to the autobiography's ecriture, rhetoric, and narration.