Women painting: Use of colour in the works of Rajā' Bakriyya

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The present paper reveals the manner in which the use of colour enables a woman writer to describe the inner world of women in an original and unconventional way in Arab literary writing. For this purpose, the paper examines al-Ṡundūqa (2002), an anthology of short stories in which diverse and interesting variations in the use of colour can be found, by the young Palestinian writer Rajā' Bakriyya, who is considered one of the prominent and most prolific present-day Palestinian women writers. The paper shows how Rajā' Bakriyya incorporates colours and their conventional symbolic meanings into her texts in a unique and original way, thus taking her readers into a women's world of physicality, lust and passion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-144
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Semitic Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


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