Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Subversive Storytellers: Feminist Archetypal Resistance in Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Fatima Mernissi's Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
by Stretch, Vanessa, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2020, 188; 28288991
Abstract (Summary)

In Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Fatima Mernissi's Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, storytelling is used to subvert oppression experienced by the characters within these works as well as the oppression of Western stereotype and misperception of Muslim men and women. By the use of careful historical contextualization, each story is told against a backdrop of Western colonialization and cultural tradition that are both shown to empower as well as disempower the key female characters analyzed. Through the use of Feminist Archetypal Theory, key female characters in these three literary works are analyzed as their Heroine's Journeys are shown to either occur or not. Key to the discussion of the Heroine's Journey is the concept that the freedom for a woman to make a complete journey is contingent upon membership in the elite class, and that the ability to choose to take this journey is critical to its successful completion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Piep, Karsten
Commitee: Miltich, Loree, Mitra, Anu
School: Union Institute and University
Department: Interdisciplinary Studies
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern literature
Keywords: Islamic Feminist Writers, Northern African Writers, Muslim Feminist Writers
Publication Number: 28288991
ISBN: 9798691293818
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