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Speak, Bird, Speak AgainPalestinian Arab Folktales$
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Ibrahim Muhawi and Sharif Kanaana

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780520062924

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520062924.001.0001

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Speak, Bird, Speak Again
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Ibrahim Muhawi

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520062924.003.0012

This chapter presents a Palestinian folktale that portrays the early stirrings of sexuality, when they are still subjective feelings and before formal arrangements for marriage have been made. The theme of sexual awakening is manifested in the bird's preparation for marriage. By collecting her trousseau, and by beautifying and putting herself on display, she arouses the interest of the sultan's son.

Keywords:   Palestinian folktale, bird, marriage, sexual awakening, sexuality

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