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dc.contributor.advisor Soliman, Mounira Koraa, Rola Alaa 2016-05-24T08:53:06Z 2016-05-24T22:00:21Z Spring 2016 en_US 2016-05-24
dc.description.abstract This thesis attempts to explore the development of female identities in two contemporary diasporic novels Bharati Mukherjee’s Desirable Daughters (2002) and Idris Ali’s Dongola (1993) that tackle the notion of diaspora differently. Desirable Daughters portrays the modern type of diaspora, that of immigration, while Dongola portrays the Nubian diaspora as a typical classical diaspora. The main goal of the thesis is to examine the different implications of diaspora on the protagonists’ identity formation as females in order to know where they fit in the diasporic spectrum. Tara and Halima share some major factors such as being members of ethnic minorities, and being brought up in oppressive patriarchal societies. Each has a different notable experience in terms of individual and social identity transformation due to physical or metaphorical displacement. The thesis will read their different diasporic experiences through intersectionality feminism which is a paradigm of interlocking systems of oppression based on race, class, and gender. The identities of both characters are analyzed against the three factors which are integral to the idea of diaspora. Each of these factors may be looked upon differently after the character’s displacement resulting in the character’s identity development. The three axes of the intersectionality theory pave the way for understanding the similarities and differences between Tara and Halima in relation to their diasporic situation. Tara discovers her true self and accepts her dual identity after returning to India, while Halima’s total loss of her homeland, Nubia, and her husband results in her violent revenge at the end. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship I am glad to have this opportunity to thank all those who have helped me in writing this thesis.Firstly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisor Professor Mounira Soliman for her patience, and guidance. She has greatly helped me in the research process and writing of this thesis. I would like to thank the rest of my thesis committee: Professor Stephen Nimis and Professor Khaled Mottawa for their insightful feedback and comments. My sincere thanks also goes to the Faculty members of Al-Alsun at Misr International university. Without their precious support, it would have been possible to conduct this thesis. Special thanks goes to my role model and figure of inspiration Dr. Dalia Saad who taught me literature and criticism courses as an undergraduate student. Her belief in me since I was her student has been an incentive for writing this thesis. I would also like to thank my father for his continuous support and motivation. Last but not least, I would like to thank my friends who continuously and generously supported me all the way, especially Rana Mounir and Alia Saad. en_US
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dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Bharati Mukherjee en_US
dc.subject Idris Ali en_US
dc.subject Desirable Daughters en_US
dc.subject Dongola en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject female en_US
dc.subject diaspora en_US
dc.subject female identity en_US
dc.subject intersectionality theory en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Diasporic Female Identities in Bharati Mukherjee's Desirable Daughters and Idris Ali's Dongola. en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Comparative Literary Studies en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of English and Comparative Literature en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval is not necessary for this item, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Nimis, Stephen
dc.contributor.committeeMember Mottawa, Khaled

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