Fragmentation of the fe/male characters in Final Flight from Sanaa: A corpus-based feminist stylistic analysis

Ohood Ali Mohammed Saif Al-Nakeeb

Abstract


This paper examines the fragmentation of the fe/male characters in a one-novel corpus (henceforth, FFFS Corpus). The text is Final Flight From Sanaa, a Yemeni novel written by Qais Ghanem and published in 2011. The paper unfolds how the fe/male characters are introduced and talked about as anatomical parts in order to describe differences or similarities in gender representation, and to explore power relations and cultural differences between the eastern and western men and women. The analysis is done qualitatively using the feminist stylistic approach set out in Mills (1995) and quantitatively with the help of the corpus linguistic tool Wmatrix. Results have demonstrated that although the female and male bodies are almost equally fragmented, they are depicted differently. For example, female characters are introduced in terms of their physical attractiveness and sexuality while their male counterparts are focalized via their colors, physical deficiencies, skills, personality traits and the level of power they possess (whether physical or social).


Keywords


Fragmentation, feminist stylistics, corpus-based analysis, Wmatrix

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.7n.3p.221

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