الباحث
Volume 9, Numéro 17, Pages 30-50

Deconstructing Marriage And Motherhood In Chaos Of The Senses And In The Eye Of The Sun

Authors : Khireddine Amel . Chouitem Lynda .

Abstract

In the Arab world, the idea of the domestication and objectification of women, as biological and cultural reproducers of the nation is tremendously emphasized. According to this tendency, the Arab woman’s role in her national community has been historically embedded in the household, as bearers of national and cultural authenticity. Men, on the contrary, are cast as unsurpassed heroes with the burden of making the nation. Nira Yuval-Davis and Floya Anthias assert that women’s sexuality is vital to the national process, where women are seen mainly within the role of transmitting culture, as mothers of the nation. This, they contend, leads to limitations on the role women have within the nation, a role which is underpinned by the state apparatus. Albeit the newest emancipative and disciplinary trends initiated in most Arab states guaranteed women a space of freedom and taking part in public and political spheres, patronizing patriarchal regulations have been unceasingly set to curtail and discredit any effective participation of women in the public life. Since a nation’s artistic productions are deemed to be the output and projection of its historical, social and cultural tapestry, the Arab literary national narratives, mainly male-dominated, commonly portray men as the chief protagonists whereas woman appears merely as symbolic national objects, dutiful housewives or sacrificial mothers transmitting the national culture to the next generation. 2. Dr. Lynda Chouiten Maitre de Conferénces A M’Hamed Bougara University, Boumerdes

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