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Arts: Fiction and Fiction Writers: North America
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As a genre, fiction, particularly full-length fiction, is a signifier of a fully fledged literature coming into its own; until recently, poetry and memoir were the predominant forms of literary expression by Muslim women in North America, but a critical mass is beginning to form with a flowering of short stories and a few novels by immigrant or second-generation writers.

The novel creates a uniquely expansive, accessible space for empathy on the part of the reader in a way that less expansive genres cannot. At the same time, the reflective, self-analytic…

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Serageldin, Samia, “Arts: Fiction and Fiction Writers: North America”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0289f>
First published online: 2009



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