Dismantling the Center from the Margins : Patriarchy and Transnational Literature by Women

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Joan Conwell (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
Web Site: http://www.ecu.edu/lib/
Richard C. 1956- Taylor

Abstract: This thesis explores the idea that transnational women writers are liminal figures: marginal as women marginal as writers and marginal as transnational personae "betwixt and between" nations. Authorial liminality provides a vantage point that is neither fully inside nor fully outside the system and therefore privileges intimate literary confrontations with patriarchy. Beginning with a general discussion of transnational women writers otherness and liminality the thesis progresses to more specific tropes--border crossing Third Space the subversive use of religious imagery and symbol and the interplay between silence and voice--identified as anti-patriarchal devices in the works of contemporary transnational women writers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus Elif Shafak's The Bastard of Istanbul Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker and Fadia Faqir's Pillars of Salt are discussed as novels emblematic of anti-patriarchal fiction by contemporary transnational women writers and the thesis explores the four tropes in the context of these works. 

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Date: 2013
Literature, Women's studies, Comparative literature, Liminality, Patriarchy, Silence, Space, Transnational Literature, Women
Patriarchy in literature
Women authors
Literature and transnationalism
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977- Purple hibiscus--Criticism and interpretation
Shafak, Elif. Bastard of Istanbul--Criticism and interpretation
Danticat, Edwidge, 1969- Dew breaker--Criticism and interpretation
Faquir, Fadia. Pillars of salt--Criticism and interpretation

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