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dc.contributor.advisor Kotini, Vassiliki
dc.contributor.advisor Abdel Nasser, Tahia
dc.contributor.advisor Ghazoul, Ferial
dc.contributor.advisor Shoukri, Doris Abbas, Mai Mohammad
dc.creator Abbas, Mai Mohammad 2011-03-24T08:07:41Z 2013-05-30T16:00:04Z 2011 Spring 2011-03-24T08:07:41Z
dc.description.abstract This thesis aims at exploring the self-imposed marginalization as well as the reshaping of the self of two unique female figures in literature while discussing the nature, the reasons and the impact of their attitude. The two characters who are studied in their out of place experience are Edna Pontellier, a nineteenth-century American in Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Layla Sulayman from twentieth-century Egypt in Latifa Al-Zayyat's The Open Door. The two characters are not chosen randomly, for, although they live in different times and places, they share a similar dilemma. Both are driven by their coercive families to struggle against those traditions which continuously dictate a strict and limited life while molding them into pawns, void of personality and critical thinking. As a result, both heroines resort to a fictitious world which â promisesâ protection from the frustrations and liberation of the restrictions of real life. Each character dissolves in her own way within this fictitious world. Eventually both Edna and Layla need to make a choice: either lurk forever in their imaginary world or face reality and responsibility. While each heroine takes her own decision, they both attempt to claim a radically new and free â selfâ . en
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dc.language.iso en en
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dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en
dc.subject.lcsh Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904 -- Criticism and interpretation.
dc.subject.lcsh Zayyāt, Laṭīfah -- Criticism and interpretation.
dc.subject.lcsh Arabic literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
dc.subject.lcsh Arabic literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
dc.subject.lcsh Women and literature -- Arab countries.
dc.subject.lcsh English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
dc.title Out of place re-claiming the self in Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Latifa Al-Zayyat's The Open Door en
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dc.subject.discipline English and Comparative Literature en
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of English and Comparative Literature en

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