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Between Rites and Rights: Excision in Women's Experiential Texts and Human Contexts

Chantal Zabus


In the past five decades and over three generations, African women writers have introduced a new autobiographical discourse around their experience of excision that brings nuance to the female genital mutilation debate. Spanning pharaonic times through classical antiquity to the onset of the twenty-first century, this study shows how this experiential body of literature—encompassing English, Arabic, and French—goes far beyond such traditional topics as universalism and cultural relativism, by locating the female body as a site of liminality between European and African factions, subject and ag ... More

Keywords: women writers, excision, female genital mutilation, female body, human rights, cult of culture, patriarchal surveillance, male circumcision, high fashion, Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780804756877
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chantal Zabus, author