Power resistance, and change in the fiction of Roy and Al-Shaykh. (c2014)

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dc.contributor.author Tobby, Amal Hussein
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-18T05:18:31Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-18T05:18:31Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-09-18
dc.date.submitted 2014-05-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2153
dc.description.abstract The aim of this thesis is to study the interplay of power relations, subjectivity, and resistance in The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997) and in two Lebanese novels, The Story of Zahra (1980) and The Locust and the Bird (2005), by Hanan al-Shaykh.Rather than employing a unifying theoretical framework, I will link the three novels thematically, utilizing critical and cultural studies theory, employing Foucault‘s method of analysis and close reading of texts as well as Non-westernfeminists‘ approaches to power and resistance in order to analyze the covertways in which power creates obedience, discipline, systematic knowledge, but above all resistance. The work will attempt to evaluate the efficiency of this resistance which is produced spontaneously by mere interaction. Will such resistance ultimately reduce oppression of women and other marginalized groups, especially in non-western countries, or has such resistance become futile because it remains in the realm of reaction rather than action directed at the root or the causes of oppression and marginalization? The study also hopes to reveal that tensions and alliances between non-westernfeminists‘ approaches to power and resistance and Foucault‘s notions on power enhance both approaches. First, tensions dismantle, disrupt, and question approaches, stimulating criticism and revision of each approach. Non-western Feminists realize that gender difference alone is not the sole reason for women‘s oppression and this realization has motivated them to utilize other available approaches, especially Foucault‘s notions on power and knowledge to launch their resistance against oppression. Women‘s resistance does not only constitute reactionary responses to the oppressive forces of power. In other words, this resistance is not limited to suicide, passivity, silence, or self-mutilation. This thesis aspires to show that in the novels under discussion, women‘s resistance, especially resistance at the micro level of society, is also very active, diverse, and complex. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Comparative literature -- Arabic and indic en_US
dc.subject Comparative literature -- Indic and Arabic en_US
dc.subject Roy, Arundhati -- God of small things en_US
dc.subject Shaykh, Hanan -- Hikayat Zahrah -- English en_US
dc.subject Shaykh, Hanan -- Hikayati sharhun yatul -- English en_US
dc.subject Power (Social sciences) in literature en_US
dc.subject Women in literature en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Power resistance, and change in the fiction of Roy and Al-Shaykh. (c2014) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201004839 en_US
dc.author.commembers Saab, Nada
dc.author.commembers Sadaka, George
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.author.department Comparative Literature en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 hard copy: ix, 87 leaves; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.advisor Aghacy, Samira
dc.keywords Power en_US
dc.keywords Knowledge en_US
dc.keywords Subjectivity en_US
dc.keywords Resistance en_US
dc.keywords Non-Western Feminists en_US
dc.keywords Gender Differences en_US
dc.keywords Foucault en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Bibliographical references (leaves 84-87). en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2014.51 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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