AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number1.  February 2022                                    Pp.2-19

Female Inferiority, Existential Representation, and Heritage: A Feminist Reading of A Jewish Saviour by Salmah Al Moushi

Department of Arabic Language, Al Balqa Applied University
Amman, Jordan

Department of English Language, Al Balqa Applied University
Amman, Jordan


Arabic feminist narratives have taken significant steps towards developing their unique narratives amidst numerous other discourses that attempt to confiscate their elements. The features constituting Arab feminist discourse have been numerous and varied, but narrative stereotypes and repeated disclosures almost dominated the general direction of Arab feminist narrative themes. Accordingly, this research paper adopts a non-stereotypical approach towards investigating the investment of feminist narratives in cultural potentials and the choices of experimentation. This paper stemmed from the following research problem: Have Arab women narratives been able, in some of their aspects, to represent cultural potentials and questions of experimentation in formulating their feminist discourse in a way that bridges the gap, both in form and content, between them and the overall Arab narrative? This study has taken A Jewish Savior (2016), a novel by the Saudi writer Salmah Al Moushi, as a model that examines the employment of heritage in framing female inferiority existentially through a non-stereotypical proposal both in form and content. This study has been surrounded by many pitfalls; hence, it seeks to evaluate the novel’s ability to overcome them in its capacity as a recently published feminist model. The novel will be analyzed from a feminist point of view with a special focus on xistential representation and ideology, olyphony and experimentation attempts, and textual transcendence and the cognitive employment of heritage.

Cite as:

Shamali, N., & Khrais, S. M. (2022). Female Inferiority, Existential Representation, and Heritage: A Feminist Reading of A Jewish Saviour by Salmah Al Moushi. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 6 (1) .2-19.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no1.1


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Prof. Nidal Al-Shamali is a Professor of modern Arabic Literature and Criticism at Al Balqa Applied University. His primary research interests are comparative literature, literary narrative, interpretive discourse in contemporary literature, and theme of identity in Arabic literature. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0343-1063

Prof. Sura M. Khrais is a Professor of modern English Literature and Criticism at Al Balqa Applied University.
Her primary research interests are World Literature, postcolonial literature, comparative studies on literature and translation, and diaspora literature. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9244-1329