The face of Arab women in cyber literature

Faisol, M., Basid, Abdul ORCID: and Fatim, Al Lastu Nurul (2024) The face of Arab women in cyber literature. Arab Media & Society (36). pp. 113-142. ISSN 1687-7721

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This study examines the representation of Arab women in cyber literary works by employing the cyberfeminism criticism perspective. The cyber world in literary works provides capacity for public dialogue while also playing a role in constructing the identity and self-image of women who engage with this content. This study uses a qualitative content analysis design in a deductive way, which was achieved by reviewing selected digital data to examine short stories in cyber literary works. The exploration of cyber literary works that represent Arab women provides an opportunity to identify particular depictions through a feminist critical framework, which includes: symbolic violence depicted through the negative labeling of women, such as curses, beasts, demons, marionette dolls, and ugly; passive object or women as a property for men to empower or degrade; and the moral authority of men to influence limitations placed on women as it pertains to their freedom and rights. This study highlights Haraway’s (1991) argument with regard to cyberfeminism which emphasizes feminist objectivity in shaping ideas and the importance of accountability, position, and alignment. This argument suggests that cyberfeminism seeks to challenge traditional notions of objectivity and strives for the recognition of one’s own positionality and the power dynamics that shape it. The feminist critique applied to these selected cyber literary works reveals that Arab women still experience an identity crisis in the social sphere of digital or cyber society.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: cyber literature; identity crisis; women
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200527 Arabic Literature (al-Adab al-‘Arabī) > 20052799 Arabic Literature (al-Adab al-‘Arabī) not elsewhere classified
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of Arabic Language and Letters
Depositing User: Abdul Basid
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2024 14:04


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