Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 through 6)
Chapters 1 through 6
The first chapter of Dreams of Trespass is titled "My Harem Frontiers." Fatima Mernissi describes her childhood years growing up in her harem family. She had to respect boundaries, or frontiers, and sometimes knowing what these boundaries included was a challenge. This lesson will explore the concept of frontiers.
1) Class Discussion: Mernissi, who was born in a harem in Fez in 1940, tells her readers the rules and requirements of living in this setting. Sometimes, she had difficulty understanding these frontiers, and at other times the rules were clear and made sense. Discuss what the boundaries were that Mernissi had to live by in Fez. How was her day structured by these frontiers? What did Mernissi learn about the greater world and its frontiers? What did her father tell her about the "sacred frontier" and what happens when it is not respected? How did...
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