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Brinda Mehta

Brinda J. Mehta, Indian by origin, is the professor of French literature at the "Mills College" in Oakland, California. "Mills College" is nationally known as an independent liberal arts college offering innovative degree programs for women and is based on community service, research and social mobility. "Mills" provides a dynamic education in the liberal arts, with special emphasis on women's leadership, social responsibility and creativity.

Brinda Metha graduated and received her MA in French literature at the University of Bombay, Bombay, India, and Phd in French Literature (Providence, RI). Her professional interests are post-colonial African and Caribbean literature, culture and diaspora studies, feminist theory, post-colonial theory, psychoanalytic theory, women and Islam, Indo-Caribbean writers, Arab and Muslim writers in North Africa and the Middle East, and French realism of the 19th century.

In addition to "Mills College", Brinda Metha also taught at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, University of California, Berkeley, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida; Brown Learning Community, Brown Summer Academy, Brown University , Providence, Rhode Island, Queen Mary High School, Bombay, India, and Eckerd College Study Centre, London.

She is a member of the Center for Gender and Development Studies for Master's and Phd programs at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, the Center for race and gender at the University of California at Berkeley, Board of Caribbean Philosophical Association, Editorial Board of the journals for a south-Asian Diaspora (Journal of the South Asian Diaspora), the International Steering Committee of Journal of Indo-Caribbean Studies at University of Warwick.

She published several books, titles, and numerous articles, reviews, encyclopedic chapters, and there are also her numerous interviews, awards, honors and activism.

"Rituals of memory in contemporary Arab women's literature," one of the last of her books deals in detail with the national fixation of Arab women through the lives of Arab women portrayed in writings, emphasizing the trans-national Arab feminist consciousness. Metha examines the meaning of the rituals of memory in women's literature, such as the importance of water purification and practices in Islam, and shows how sensory experiences of Arab women are associated with their past. Specific chapters raise awareness about the experiences of Palestinian women in exile and under occupation, the Bedouin and desert rituals, as well as women's views on the conflict between Iraq and Lebanon and the compatibility between Islam and feminism. In a provocative and illuminating way, Mehta's book provides new insights and new ways of thinking about Arab women's literature, criticism and Arab writings studies. Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, President of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association, considers this book an original project that is culturally vibrant, theoretically sophisticated, dynamic and truly cross-cultural in its perspective. El Saadawi believes that this book offers a true understanding of the complex lives of Arab women in literature.

Evelyne Accad, a professor at the University of Illinois, American University of Beirut, commented: "Mehta+s sensitive, creative, poetic analysis of the written memories of the Arab woman is exposing the trauma which Arab nations face today. It is also a provocative book that raises awareness and will, by no doubt, have strong influence in the field of literary criticism."

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Project MUSE - articles Brind Mehta

Interview with Brind Mehta, the original English version

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