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Gender Issues in Non-Western Literature - Chapter Summary
Work through this comprehensive chapter to analyze a variety of gender issues in non-Western literature. You'll see how feminist theory and male gaze theory are illustrated through the events, characters and settings from Randa Jarrar's A Map of Home. You'll also examine types of literary nonfiction texts and the history of the Gulf War. The chapter comes with interactive self-assessment quizzes to help you reinforce your understanding of these gender issues and literary concepts. You can access the chapter at any time using your computer or mobile device. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Evaluate the Gulf War's causes, events and major political figures
- Recognize different types of literary nonfiction
- Discuss the male gaze theory and feminist theory
- Analyze Randa Jarrar's A Map of Home through feminist theory and male gaze theory
- Describe the perspectives of characters from A Map of Home, including Baba, Gamal, Geddo, Fakhr el-Din and Omar Medina
- Contextualize the roles of women from Kuwait, Egypt and the United States in A Map of Home
- Explain Nidali's coming of age in the novel A Map of Home
- Assess the role of refugee and migrant women in A Map of Home
1. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War
The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.
2. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More
Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.
3. The Male Gaze: Definition & Theory
In this lesson, we will discuss the theory of the Male Gaze, its role in cinematography, and the message that it sends to women. Afterwards, you can test your newfound knowledge with a quiz!
4. What is Feminist Theory? - Definition & Overview
Do all feminists have the same beliefs about equality? Find out in this lesson, where we'll discuss the different types of feminism, as well as some of the basic feminist ideas. After the lesson, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
5. Feminist Theory & A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
In this lesson, we will examine feminist theory from the Randa Jarrar novel 'A Map of Home.' This novel follows a young girl who grows up in Kuwait, Egypt, and then America due to the Iraqi invasions of Kuwait in 1990.
6. Baba & the Male Gaze in Jarrar's A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will discuss the character Baba from Randa Jarrar's 'A Map of Home' through the examination of the male gaze. Baba is the dominant patriarch who is forced to change his ways as he moves his family from the Middle East to America.
7. Gamal & the Male Gaze in A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will discuss the male gaze as it relates to the character, Gamal, in 'A Map of Home' by Randa Jarrar. Gamal is Nidali, the protagonist's little brother.
8. Geddo & the Male Gaze in A Map of Home
In this lesson we'll examine the male gaze in Geddo, Nidali's Egyptian maternal grandfather, from Randa Jarrar's novel ''A Map of Home.'' Geddo is a sickly widower when Nidali stays with him in Egypt.
9. Fakhr el-Din & the Male Gaze in A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will discuss Fakhr el-Din in a 'Map of Home' by Randa Jarrar in terms of the male gaze and examine the effects of Fakhr el-Din's male gaze on Nidali.
10. Omar Medina & the Male Gaze in A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will draw parallels between the male gazes of Omar Medina and Fakhr el-Din in 'A Map of Home' by Randa Jarrar. Then, we will examine the effects of Omar's male gaze on Nidali.
11. Kuwait & Women in A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will learn about the women in Kuwait as depicted by Randa Jarrar in 'A Map of Home.' This is a novel about a girl who was coming of age during the 1990 Iraqi invasion.
12. Egypt & Women in A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will examine the way women in Egypt are portrayed in the novel 'A Map of Home' by Randa Jarrar and how women's beliefs about their roles affect how they are treated.
13. United States & Women in A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will examine how women in the United States are depicted in 'A Map of Home' by Randa Jarrar. American women are viewed through the unique lens of a teenager who has spent most of her formative years in Palestine and Egypt.
14. Nidali's Coming of Age in A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will examine the theme of coming of age from the Randa Jarrar novel, 'A Map of Home.' In this novel, a young girl splits her adolescence between three different countries due to Iraqi invasions.
15. Migrant & Refugee Women in A Map of Home
In this lesson, we will examine the experiences of migrant and refugee women from Randa Jarrar's 'A Map of Home.' This is the story of a family who is forced to flee Kuwait during the 1990 Iraqi invasion.
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