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Dreams of Trespass

Effects of Physical and Psychological Boundaries in Fatima Mernissi's Dreams of Trespass

In her memoir Dreams ***** Trespass (1994) Fatima Mernissi recalls her cloistered childhood with***** the walls of a modern-day harem in Fez, Morocco. In read*****g this *****, several key questions come to mind, having to do especially with issues ***** boundaries, physical and psychological within ***** harem like the one of ***** *****. These are (1) how did living ***** the ***** ***** a harem, impact Fatima *****'s psychological development as an au*****nomous human being (*****, by *****sociation, that of ot***** ***** children); (2) does a female living within the boundaries of a modern-day harem seek to rebel more actively against harem rules, and authority in general, than would a female not raised ***** such boundaries; (3) how does harem life inflect one's perception(s) and understanding to the world outside; and (4) why do harems survive, ***** in some instances thrive, in ***** parts of the *****, while in other parts ***** the world, ********** are rare, if not ext*****ct? Within this essay, I will explicate several chapters of the text, and then try ***** answer these questions, based on my reading of Mernissi's Dreams ***** Trespass.

***** Chapters 1 through ***** of Dreams of *****, Fatima Mernissi speaks often of the boundaries of life inside a harem in Fez, Morocco, where she was born in 1940, and spent her formative years. As Mernissi states at the beginning of Chapter 1, for example:

When Allah created ***** earth, said father, he separated men from wo*****, and put a sea between Muslims and Christians for a re*****son. Harmony exists when each group respects the prescribed limits ***** the other; trespassing leads only to sorrow and unhappiness. But women dreamed of ***** all the time. The world beyond the gate was their obsession. They [emphasis fantasized all day long about parading in unfamiliar streets... [***** added] (pp. *****-2).

*****, as Mernissi rec*****s, childhood "***** ha*****y because the frontiers were crystal clear" (p. 3).

However, beyond childhood, harem women seem to yearn for knowledge and understanding of the ***** *****. That which remains *****sterious, in fact, particularly ***** ***** on 'trespassing" bey*****d ***** harem are strictly proscribed, grows ***** compelling to the imagination the more it is forbidden or off-lim*****s. *****'s mo*****r, for *****, *****s to walk the streets of Fez, alone, in the early morning hours, just to know what this is like. Clearly, harem ***** for women, presents a dilemma between the safety and security ***** the freedom ***** the world outside.

Mernissi begins Chapter ***** ***** stating that "Our house gate was a definite hudud, or frontier, because you needed permission to step in or out" (p. 21).

***** of that boundary, safety inside was assured. Still, the allure of the un*****n world beckons. And not all women, even close family members, are as constrained. Grandmother Yasmina, ***** example, the author's maternal grandmother, "lived on a beautiful farm with cows and sheep and endless fields

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