The Qatari Forum for Authors held a new session of the “Female Critics and their Approaches” initiative presented by Dr. Abdelhak Belabed, Professor of Literature Issues and Curriculum of Critical and Comparative Studies at Qatar University in which he hosted the Critic Dr. Noura Mohammad Faraj, Professor of Literary Criticism and Narrative Studies at the Department of Arabic Language at Qatar University.
The session was held via the Forum’s YouTube Channel and Dr. Belabed began the session by confirming that this initiative comes within the Forum’s initiatives that call for enhancing and strengthening the culture of criticism in society and encouraging reading in a way different from the way that many are accustomed to by hosting a number of the best Arab Critics and Intellectuals.
He pointed out that the “Female Critics and their Approaches” initiative is a celebration of the distinguished women’s voice within the celebration of the Year of the Arab Woman announced by ISESCO in conjunction with Doha’s celebration of being crowned as the capital of culture in the Islamic world.
Dr. Noura began her speech with the dividing line that lies between the pleasure she finds in creativity and her journey to the world of criticism in the classrooms and about the shift of some from the field of criticism to literary writing and vice versa and the extent of the validity of this shift between the worlds of narration to the kingdoms of criticism. She confirmed that the matter is always associated with the reactions that the author or the critic receives from his readers and followers which make him move in those directions or stop.
The writer, Dr. Noura, also spoke in her dialogue with Dr. Belabed about the anxious identity questions and confusions among some writers who expressed the East in the language of West in particular the “Francophone Novelists” whose literary works are studied by her in some of her academic researches.
At the end of her speech, she confirmed that the initiatives presented by the Qatari Forum for Authors contribute greatly in alleviating the isolation imposed on the reader and intellectual by Corona Pandemic “Covid-19” nearly two years ago especially that this isolation had generated a stage of great anxiety for the writer and the whole world.