Assia Djebar's Three Cloistered Girls

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Voices In her book Fantasia, the author Assia Djebar uses traveling as a form of questioning western discourses of Arab women. In questioning the reinforcement of oriental discourses Reina Lewis, “On veiling, vision and voyage: cross-cultural dressing and narratives of identity,” exposes the work of authors who have romanticized the veil and used cross cultural dressing disregarding their significance of political and social importance and creating a generalized image of the ‘other. ‘In contrast of the different writers Lewis exposes as reinforcing the ‘other,’ by using travelling to her homeland in the countryside Djebar illustrates women’s voices through her encounters and permits their stories to be heard which leads to the deconstruction discourses already existent about Arab women that were out of their control. The stories of women’s voices not…show more content…
The girls going through puberty reveal their rebellion towards the binary norms in the village and in discontent to these patriarchal system the little girl from the village whispers, “ ‘I’ll never, never let them marry me off to a stranger who, in the night, will have the right to touch me!’”(13). Djebar uses the voice of the little girl from the village exposes women’ will to challenge norms established from colonial ideals about women. The simple thought of a little girl already rejecting patriarchal norms questions discourses formed about women in the east about “not having self agency. Djebar demonstrates through these untold stories of her childhood that girls of the East are breaking down the system of women’s oppression. By writing telling the story from the little girls perspective, Djebar does not uses herself as the center point of the story but as to learn through their stories the different views of women in the East from both parallel worlds; east and

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