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dc.contributor.advisor Abdel Nasser, Tahia Abd Rabouh, Sherin Hany 2017-09-13T07:56:08Z 2017-09-13T22:00:15Z Fall 2017 en_US 2017-09-13
dc.description.abstract This study examines male characters’ subjugation of women through religious discourse as a validating institution. Two third world writers’ works, Nawal El Saadawi’s The Fall of the Imam and Gabriel García Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold, explore this subjugation through the social construction of religion, resulting in the preservation of “discourses” such as religion over the years. I use Simone de Beauvoir and Edward Said’s theories in my study of how women came to be identified with inferiority while men came to be identified with superiority. Beauvoir’s theory addresses women and men directly, focusing on how societies shape women, classifying them as the “second sex” and men as the first and superior sex. Said addresses the feminized Orient, where his political discussions of the Occident-Orient relationship bring out how the stereotypical image of the inferior Orient came to be. In addition, I refer to Michel Foucault’s concept of “discourse” to help in reaching the roots of the embeddedness and solid position of social constructions and their upholding through knowledge and history, along with Giambattista Vico’s notion of history, too. El Saadawi focuses on presenting religion as a daily tool that governs the community while García Márquez uses religion as a tool to promote the entrenched cultural traditions that the community has no choice but to abide by. The study aims to present the ongoing error of attempting to gain equality between both genders when there should be an acceptance of the differing roles, however, without hindering the progress or success of any of the two genders. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship First and foremost I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Tahia Abdel Nasser, for her effort, patience and motivation. Her constructive feedback and aspiring guidance steered me in the right direction throughout my research and writing process. I would, also, like to thank Dr. Ferial Ghazoul and Dr. Mounira Soliman for providing me with valuable comments and academic support to successfully complete my dissertation. Also, many thanks to Ola Shanab and Omneya Ali for always being of great help, on a personal and academic level. I would like to acknowledge and thank my family and friends for their unconditional support. I would especially like to thank my father for always believing in me, my mother for her wise counsel and my brother for helping me approach difficulties with a positive mindset. I owe a debt of gratitude to my grandfather who continues to inspire me in my life and studies. I would also like to thank Nada Hemamy, Mariam Salem, Farah Geninah, Sarah Mahmoud and Fatma Massoud for their ongoing encouragement and help. en_US
dc.format.extent 73 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Culture en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Becoming women: Gender and religion/culture in novels by Nawal El Saadawi and Gabriel García Márquez en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline English and Comparative Literature 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 has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Ghazoul, Ferial
dc.contributor.committeeMember Soliman, Mounira

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