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Volume :20 Issue : 78 2002      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Sounds of Silence: M(other) Systems of Signification in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's The Revolt of Mother and Laila Al-Uthman's Home Leaving

Auther : Yusur Al-Madani

The paper analyzes Freeman’s “The Revolt of ‘Mother” and Al-Uthman’s “Home Leaving” by using a feminist comparative approach. It argues that the two stories constitute radical critiques of partriarchal systems of signification which render women as silent. The two stories depict two mothers who use their cultural assumptions of themselves as non-speaking subjects, to disrupt their cultures’ dominant discourses by re-inscribing, renaming, and reclaiming what has been linguistically prescribed as the silent other. Their silence becomes a means of communication, a spoken language that subverts the binary system of speech/silence but also includes the dominant other in a discourse of interconnectedness and inclusiveness.

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