AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number1. February 2022 Pp.88-103
Department of European Languages & Literature, Collage of Arts & Humanities,
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Elif Shafak’s novel Three Daughters of Eve(2016), questions contemporary assumptions concerning women’s status in Islam and society. This study explores Eve’s daughters—Peri, Shirin, and Mona—to investigate how gender, religion, and culture overlap and stereotypes intertwine in the novel to create unique experiences, values, beliefs, and challenges in the lives of women. This study argues that Shafak’s inclusion of these overlapping aspects provides a basis for intersectional feminist discourse as a framework for understanding the complex nature of identity and self-understanding among women in the Middle East. The results of this study contribute significantly to the existing literature by demonstrating how the three females in the novel function as distinct self-identities through which Shafak negotiates assumptions of Western society about women and Islam. The study concludes that Shafak’s work, giving voice to her women elevates aspects of diversity and inclusion by revealing the various guises of discrimination against them and illustrating how these women find ways to project their unique voices and resist oppression.
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Shua’a Alzahrani is an English instructor at Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, Saudi Arabia. She received her MA from the Department of European Languages and Literature at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia in 2020. Her research interests are in the area of postmodern literature, women studies, and the representation of middle eastern women in literature.ORCID ID. https://orcid.org/0000-000 -9520-488X
Laila Mohammed Al-Sharqi is an associate professor of English in the Department of European Languages and Literature at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include postmodern literature, literary theory, gender studies. “Magical realism as a feminist discourse in Raja Alem’s Fatma” and “Twitter Fiction: A new creative literary landscape” are examples of her research. ORCID ID. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8142-1525