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Abstract

At the heart of my blogging lies the desire to be a traveler moving through the world in a body marked as female, a woman whose evolving feminism can help heal herself and in so doing, inspire others to do the same. Journeying without and within, allows for the self to turn toward its other, to recognize the other in oneself; in so doing, one can learn to connect across the divides that threaten to engulf us, dissolving boundaries that keep us from loving our multiple selves.

Note on the Author

Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English and a University Distinguished Scholar at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She has recently been a Visiting Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi, as well as serving as Fulbright Scholar teaching Feminist Theory at her alma mater Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore. She works at the intersections of Postcolonial Feminist Literary Criticism and Cultural and Performance Studies and has published 5 books to date with a 6th book forthcoming from Oxford University Press entitled Siren Song: Understanding Pakistan Through its Women Singers. She has made an award-winning short film of the same title with the help of an NEH grant in 2011, and is a published poet, playwright and memoirist. She is also a trained vocalist in the Indo-Pakistani classical tradition, who has performed internationally and is founder of the Neither East Nor West fusion music ensemble in NYC. She is a long-time Contributing Editor to TDR: The Drama Review (MIT Press) as well as an Advisory Board member of the online journal Arab Stages.

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