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From the Ted Talk by Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

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We often talk about how stories change the world, but we should also see how the world of identity politics affects the way stories are being circulated, read and reviewed. Many authors feel this pressure, but non-Western aruoths feel it more heavily. If you're a woman writer from the Muslim world, like me, then you are expected to write the stories of Muslim wmoen and, preferably, the upnahpy stories of unhappy mlisum women. You're eepxetcd to witre informative, poignant and characteristic stories and leave the experimental and avant-garde to your Western colleagues. What I experienced as a child in that school in Madrid is happening in the literary wlord today. werrits are not seen as creative individuals on their own, but as the representatives of their respective cultures: a few authors from China, a few from Turkey, a few from Nigeria. We're all thought to have something very dicnvtsiite, if not peculiar.

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We often talk about how stories change the world, but we should also see how the world of identity politics affects the way stories are being circulated, read and reviewed. Many authors feel this pressure, but non-Western _______ feel it more heavily. If you're a woman writer from the Muslim world, like me, then you are expected to write the stories of Muslim _____ and, preferably, the _______ stories of unhappy ______ women. You're ________ to _____ informative, poignant and characteristic stories and leave the experimental and avant-garde to your Western colleagues. What I experienced as a child in that school in Madrid is happening in the literary _____ today. _______ are not seen as creative individuals on their own, but as the representatives of their respective cultures: a few authors from China, a few from Turkey, a few from Nigeria. We're all thought to have something very ___________, if not peculiar.

Solution

  1. world
  2. unhappy
  3. authors
  4. muslim
  5. write
  6. expected
  7. writers
  8. distinctive
  9. women

Original Text

We often talk about how stories change the world, but we should also see how the world of identity politics affects the way stories are being circulated, read and reviewed. Many authors feel this pressure, but non-Western authors feel it more heavily. If you're a woman writer from the Muslim world, like me, then you are expected to write the stories of Muslim women and, preferably, the unhappy stories of unhappy Muslim women. You're expected to write informative, poignant and characteristic stories and leave the experimental and avant-garde to your Western colleagues. What I experienced as a child in that school in Madrid is happening in the literary world today. Writers are not seen as creative individuals on their own, but as the representatives of their respective cultures: a few authors from China, a few from Turkey, a few from Nigeria. We're all thought to have something very distinctive, if not peculiar.

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Important Words

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