Empowering the subaltern in woman at Point Zero

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    In the context of Western feminist theory, this paper critically explores Nawal El Saadawi's celebrated novel, Woman at Point Zero. The aim of this analysis is to establish a dialogue and outline the benefits of comparative feminist discourse with regard to patriarchal policies in the Middle East. The paper argues that El Saadawi challenges the hegemony of a traditionally phallocentric society empowered by religion and masculinity. In Woman at Point Zero, the author has effectively reinterpreted culturally dominated canons and deconstructed regressive traditions affiliated with patriarchal hegemony. Relying on her experience as a prison psychiatrist, El Saadawi interrogates a chauvinist culture that dehumanizes women. She primarily aims to centralize the marginalized and give a voice as well as an agency to the voiceless.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)174-189
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of International Women's Studies
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Comparative literature
    • El saadawi
    • Feminist theory
    • Gender studies
    • Patriarchy
    • World literature

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies


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