Finding fulfillment in all the wrong places. (c2009)

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dc.contributor.author Daouk, Hala Adnan
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-24T08:14:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-24T08:14:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-10-24
dc.date.submitted 2009-12-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/859
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 67-69). en_US
dc.description.abstract This study deals with Nadine Gordimer's 2001 The Pickup, Laura Esquivel's 1989 Like Water for Chocolate and Hanan al-Shaykh 1980 Hikayat Zahra. All three works are fundamentally different in terms of language, culture and plot. However, they share the representation of a female character who finds some kind of fulfillment by actualizing an inhospitable space. The novels recount stories of cultural conflicts and female resourcefulness in achieving fulfillment. These women find happiness in the places where, according to the feminist paradigm, they shouldn't. In The Pickup, the female protagonist Julie leaves a country that promotes a certain level of freedom and moves to an Arab country where she constantly contends with cultural constraints placed on women. In the unnamed Arab country, the constraints she faces allow her to discover aspects of herself that she was unaware of in her middle-class South African environment. In Like Water for Chocolate, Tita experiences fulfillment in spaces that are even less propitious: the kitchen of her house and the house of a white American male doctor. In these spaces, she finds the means to free herself from her struggles and explore her feelings. In Hikayat Zahra, Zahra tries to find a secure place and finds it paradoxically in war-tom Lebanon during the Civil War. This thesis examines how the representation of spaces and spatial relations in those novels contribute in the construction of character identities. The purpose of this thesis is to understand how the representation of space in each novel conveys a range of possible models of female liberation. Thus, this thesis situates itself as a contribution to an ongoing revision of feminist studies. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Gordimer, Nadine -- The Pickup en_US
dc.subject Esquivel, Laura -- 1950- -- Como agua para chocolate -- English en_US
dc.subject Shaykh, Hanan -- Hikayat Zahrah -- English en_US
dc.subject Comparative literature en_US
dc.title Finding fulfillment in all the wrong places. (c2009) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle Female actualization in three contemporary novels en_US
dc.term.submitted Fall en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200101049 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Samira Aghacy
dc.author.commembers Dr. Dima Dabbous-Sensenig
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: 69 leaves; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Kenneth Seigneurie
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2009.38 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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