Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood Book Review Summary

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In her autobiography, Fatima Mernissi retells events from her childhood as part of a Moroccan family harem. The novel exposes the multiplicity of experiences faced by women living and harems. Mernissi talks about the confusion she experiences as a young girl in a harem against the backdrop of Moroccan nationalism, Westernization, and the nascent women's rights movements.
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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Arab or Muslim Gender/Class story?    -   woman's story Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes ethnic of society (outside)    -   Arab Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+ Big/small town?    -   small town

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity    -   Arab Nationality    -   North African


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Small town?    -   Yes Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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