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dc.contributor.advisor Bassiouney, Reem Mosalem, Maha 2019-05-22T09:59:26Z Spring 2019 en_US 2019-05-22
dc.description.abstract For most scholars, agency is a term that has most traditionally been coined with free will, resistance, and intentionality (Giddens, 1979; Ahearn, 2001). In this study, however, the construct is examined from a linguistic perspective aiming at exploring its creative dimensions in relation to gender identity in four Egyptian novels; Bayna ʔal-qaṣrayn (Palace Walk), ʔal-Bāb ʔal-maftūḥ (The Open Door), ʔu:ri:du rajulan (I Need a Man), and ʃaġaf (Passion). By adopting a mediated discourse analysis approach (MDA) (Scollon, 2002), this study examined the connections between discourse and action in social interactions. Using the grammatical, semantic, and discursive analysis, the examination focused on representations of agency emerging in contexts and dialogic interactions. For the grammatical investigation, the study followed Dixon’s (1994) classification of the subject as well as the category of voice while the semantic strategies included the semantic roles of the subject, verb types, and sentence moods for an interpretation of further character dimension. In addition, three discourse strategies were utilized, i.e. dialogicality, parallelism, foregrounding and backgrounding, the aim of which was to understand the macro-context of subjects’ actions. Based on this examination, the study identified five creative forms of agency characteristic of gender identity. For Amina in Bayna ʔal-qaṣrayn (Palace Walk), agency is associated with her maternal powers, whereas agency is relevant to self-actualization for Layla in ʔal-Bāb ʔal-maftūḥ (The Open Door). For Amina’s ʔu:ri:du rajulan (I Need a Man), the construct is associated with revenge. Finally, love and ambition are two terms through which the protagonist in ʃaġaf (Passion), Zaynab, exercised her power. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship And say, "My Lord, increase me in knowledge." (QS 20, p. 114). I thank Allah every single day for his blessings He has bestowed on me. Having been through this journey was not easy at all, but God gave me the courage and the perseverance to push forward. For that and for everything else, I am forever in Your debt. Secondly, this is specially dedicated to my parents and my brother. Without their support and guidance, I would have never been here. I am forever grateful to my Mom for her love, support, and her belief in me. Mom, this is for you! From the bottom of my heart, I thank my supervisor, Dr. Reem Bassiouney for being a source of inspiration for me. From the very first course, you have been a role model and I hope I could follow your footsteps one day. To the amazing Dr. Amira Agameya, your tremendous knowledge and support have been a guiding force for me to be the best I could be. I am forever grateful for your support and belief in me. I would also like to thank Dr. Atta for guiding me to be a better writer and an avid researcher. Your passion for learning is really inspiring. Throughout this experience, I have made friends with honest and sincere people. My lovely friend, Eman El-Feky, we have been supporting each other all along. I thank God to have met you. People like you do not come along that often. You have been my classmate, my buddy, and my backbone. I am also grateful for my friends Samira, Hasnaa Essam, and Marwa Rashwan for being extremely supportive and motivating. Love you, girls! Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues at work. First, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Sameh Abdel Fadil for his tremendous support throughout this process. Having reached this point, I am really indebted to you for your help. My lovely friend, Sally Farid for her encouragement and motivation. I thank God to have met you and gotten to know an honest person like you. To my study buddy, Evelyne Eskander, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your having my back and just being the loving caring person you are. Lastly, thank you Eissa for being the supportive brother you are. en_US
dc.format.extent p. 155 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 agency, linguistic devices, grammatical categories, semantic roles, mediated discourse analysis, novels. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Agency and creativity: An eye on gender identity in four Egyptian novels en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Teaching English as a Foreign Language en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Applied Linguistics en_US
dc.embargo.lift 2020-05-21T09:59:26Z
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Agameya, Amira
dc.contributor.committeeMember Gebril, Atta

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