Culture Relativism in Contemporary Feminine Literature: Mernissi, Djebar, and Carter

One of the literary phenomena which keenly attract the attention of researchers drawing on contemporary feminine literature is the very articulate return on the part of the woman writer to the origins of her culture. This return is addressed in particular to the fundamental components of a culture namely art, history, religion, and myth. Just to name some examples, one finds in the Maghreb feminine literature of the quotations of Koranic verses or passages of the Hadith as in Fatima Mernissi; adaptations of writings on art, theology or history as in Assia Djebar.