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Czy Arabki mogą przemówić? Twórczość Assii Djebar w walce z opresją i dominacją
Can Arab women speak? Oeuvre of Assia Djebar against oppression and domination

Author(s): Maria Wagrowska
Subject(s): Gerontology, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: feminism; francophone literature; postcolonial studies; subaltern
Summary/Abstract: One of the most commonly mentioned western imperialism’s arguments attempting to justify the cultural superiority of Europe is the situation of indigenous women in the Middle East. European colonialism often justified its “civilizing mission” by the necessity of setting them free from the oppression of patriarchal domination. In reality, the colonialism has intensified women’s subordinations in dependent territories. By an example of Assia Djebars’s fiction, I intend to examine how this phenomenon is represented in literature and whether the literature can become a tool in the struggle with the patriarchate and the imperial stereotypes of the double-colonized “native woman”. I will also analyze author’s literary strategies that are supposed to make women’s voice heard again.

  • Page Range: 81-88
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish