Woman in the Novels of Ghassan Kanfani: An Analytical Study
Authors: Md.Mudassir Alam
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Women, especially Palestinian women have been prime focus of noted authors across the globe, who also attracted attentions of many great novelists and renowned writers. In spite of their different orientations and schools, different issues related to women cover a larger part of these novelists and writers ‘books.
The women characters of Palestinian novels vary from being mother, teenage girl, independent and married woman to iconic revolutionary, highly educated and well-skilled leading woman. But the issue that combines them altogether is the commonality in their sense of deprivation, displacement and alienation in their own land Palestine.
The Palestinian novelists have been aware of the Palestinian women’s association with their society. So, it has been found in the writings of various novelists like Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Rashad Abu-Sahr, Sehar Khalifa, Liyana Badar and Ghassan Kanfani (the most prominent Palestinian writer) that, they were the voice of the oppressed, especially women in a patriarchal society, in which they portrayed different aspects of Palestinian women, and made them aware of the roles they could play in nation-building, and in igniting the sprit against illegal occupation of their homeland.
Given the above realization, the prime objective of the present study is to analyze the perspective of different dimensions and aspects related to women in Ghassan’s novels. Lastly, this study attempts to explain the image of woman in Arabic novels as well as the present Arabic literary environment in Palestine.