This paper examines the representation of mental and cultural subjugation in J. M. Coetzee’s Foe (1986) and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s The Ship (1970) from an ecofeminist perspective. Central to the ecofeminist theory is the deconstruction of the systematic ways within which cultural and political forces act, and which do not merely buttress gender inequality, but also produce oppressive patriarchal and hierarchal social, spatial and environmental systems. This paper specifically relates the psychological effects of sexism and discrimination on the female characters in the two novels to both the workings of the social laws in their societies and the cultural and environmental adventures they encounter.
Sexual Identity and Disturbed Intellectual Female Terrain in J. M. Coetzee's Foe and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra's The Ship: An Ecofeminist Reading.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 18(2), 219-232.
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