Oriental Feminism: A Case Study of Aliya in Sorayya KhanвЂ™s City of Spies
AbstractOriental feminism cannot be understood without understanding the wider perspective of Orientalism. Orientalism is way through which the West controls the East by creating and controlling knowledge and power. The Orientals are represented as weak, stupid, mysterious, ferocious, barbaric, вЂ?uncivilizedвЂ™ and incapable of self-representation, therefore, they must be represented and ruled over by the Orientalists. Feminist Orientalism poses that Oriental women are oppressed and de-humanized by their male counterparts, therefore, they need Orientalists to save them from the Oriental men. Through thematic analysis, of the text вЂ?City of Spies,вЂ™ the character of AliyaвЂ”the protagonist, was analyzed for themes regarding Oriental Feminism. It was observed that AliyaвЂ™s portrayal complies with the representation of Oriental women being timid, stupid, male-power fantasy and objects of intimacy and thus, in contrast with the Orientalist females who are powerful, and headstrong. It was concluded that the novel, through contrasting Aliya with Lizzy and Anne Simon, creates the binary between the two worlds, hence stressing on the inferiority of OrientalвЂ”Aliya and superiority of OrientalistsвЂ” Lizzy and Anne Simon.
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