Mythic women reborn: Djebar's Scheherazade & Atwood's Penelope

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Show simple item record Frentzko, Brianna Nicole 2019-07-19T17:26:33Z 2019-07-19T17:26:33Z 2019-05
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines how two modern female writers approach the retelling of stories involving mythic heroines. Assia Djebar's A Sister to Scheherazade repurposes Arabian Nights to reclaim a sisterly solidarity rooted in a pre-colonial Algerian female identity rather than merely colonized liberation. In approaching the oppressive harem through the lens of the bond between Scheherazade and her sister Dinarzade, Djebar allows women to transcend superficial competition and find true freedom in each other. Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad interrogates the idealized wife Penelope from Homer's Odyssey in order to highlight its heroine's complicity in male violence against women. Elevating the disloyal maids whom Odysseus murders, Atwood questions the limitations of sisterhood and the need to provide visibility, voice, and justice for the forgotten victims powerful men have dismissed and destroyed. The two novels signal a shift in feminist philosophy from the need for collective action to the need to recognize individual narratives. Both texts successfully re-appropriate the dominant myths they retell to propose a more nuanced and complicated view of what it means to be "Woman." en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- Chapter 1: Competition between mythical woman, shadow sultanas, and djinni consorts: the re-appropriation of Arabian nights in Assia Djebar's A sister to Scheherazade -- Chapter 2: The failure of sisterly solidarity: The Penelopiad and Margaret Atwood's radical deconstruction of the Odyssey -- Conclusion -- Works cited. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Assia Djebar en_US
dc.subject English en_US
dc.subject criticism en_US
dc.subject interpretation en_US
dc.subject Ombre sultane en_US
dc.subject Margaret Atwood en_US
dc.subject Penelopiad en_US
dc.subject heroines en_US
dc.subject literature en_US
dc.subject sisters en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.subject women authors en_US
dc.subject authors en_US
dc.subject Muslim authors en_US
dc.subject Algeria en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.title Mythic women reborn: Djebar's Scheherazade & Atwood's Penelope en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US ma en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of English en_US
dc.contributor.chair Brightwell, Geraldine
dc.contributor.chair Harney, Eileen
dc.contributor.committee Carr, Rich
dc.contributor.committee Johnson, Sara Eliza

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