Voicing Egyptian Women Writers’ Stories In Line With Adiche’s Feminist Framework
This paper presents the analogies among the literary works written by three eminent Egyptian women writers, namely Fathia al-Assal’sWomen’s Prison (1993), SalwaBakr’sThe Golden Chariot (1995), and Soheir al-Mosadfa’sBayadSakhin (2015). Despite being written at different times, these works represent samples from a local front of literary activism with the power of their pens through writing about repressed indigenous women who decide to break their silence and avenge themselves on misogyny, ignominy, social injustice, corruption, gerontocracy, decadent social values, and/or domestic violence. The paper reveals the commonalities in the three writers’ depiction of the protagonists’ physical and cultural alienation, call for the exercise of free will, quest for identity construction, and rebellion against patriarchy and traditional values in line with Chimamanda Adiche’s feminist framework put forward in The Power of a Single Story and We Should All Be Feminists.
Keywords: Egyptian Women Writers, ChimamandaAdiche, Literary Activism, Feminist Existentialism, Alienation, Free-will, Patriarchy, Cultural Criticism.