AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number3. August 2022                              Pp.113-127
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no3.8

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 A Non-Western Representation of the Third World Women in Nadia Hashimi’s A House
without Windows

Rouwaida Jasim Mohammed
English Department, College of Education for Women
Tikrit University, Tikrit, Iraq
Corresponding Author: rmohammed@st.tu.edu.iq 

  Lamiaa Ahmed Rasheed
English Department, College of Education for Women
Tikrit University, Tikrit, Iraq 

 

Received: 05/09/2022             Accepted:07/21/2022              Published:08/24/2022

 

Abstract:
Third-world women in western literature have often been depicted as submissive, illiterate, vulnerable, and having no identity. They are cast from the outside discourses, always entangled in the gaze of the west as being primitive. Yet the world is open to change with viable feminist female practices to enhance the accurate and exact image oe third-world women. Nadia Hashimi’s A House Without Windows is a manifestation of deconstructing the false stereotyped image created by the West writers through skillfully presenting the real pressing contemporary issues of Afghan women in their society with diverse forms of ordeals. This paper aims to reflect upon the significant differences between stereotypical western depictions of third world women— are portrayed in mainstream western discourses as weak and in need of help— and their representation by Non-Western writers. It further explores how the female characters can cope with life hardships and pass the closures with no fear despite the difficulties of living within the nonwestern codes of patriarchy and culture. Investigating Hashmi’s novel is significant because it presents an accurate depiction of third-world women together with a variety of their inspirational tales, correcting and changing the stereotyped western representation. This study elucidates the Transnational Feminist Theory as a remarkable framework for comprehending the gap between the global north and south to address the representation of third-world women. Consequently, dismantling the stereotypical images of women in the third world and the phony universalization of global sisterhood is investigated by reflecting upon the vivid pictures of strong women.
Keywords: Activisim, Hashimi’s A House Without Windows, non-western literature, third-world women, and
transnational Feminism

Cite as: Mohammed, R. J., & Rasheed, L. A.  (2022). A Non-Western Representation of the Third World Women in Nadia Hashimi’s A House without Windows. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 6 (3) 113-127.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no3.8

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Received: 05/09/2022 
Accepted: 07/21/2022
Published: 08/24/2022
http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no3.8   

 Rouwaida Jasim Mohammed is currently an MA. Student in English and American literature at Tikrit University / College of Education for Women, Iraq.  She conducted  and participated in literary symposiums.  Rouwaida has an unpublished Novella, short stories and essays.  Novels and literary theories are her current study interests.
ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2219-450X 

 Lamiaa Ahmed Rasheed is a Professor of English and American Literature. Lamiaa specializes in modern novel and drama; her current position is an instructor at Tikrit University / College of Education for Women. She has published extensively as author and co-author of over 60 papers in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals. She frequently speaks and participates at international conferences. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5581-842X