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Mousa Ahmadian

Mousa Ahmadian

Academic rank: Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9608-8737
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 37053495200
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University
Phone: 086-33135111

Research

Title
A feminist study of challenging patriarchal societies in Angela Carter's selected fairy tales based on Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex
Type
Thesis
Keywords
Feminism, patriarchal societies, fairy tale, submissive woman.
Year
2023
Researchers Mousa Ahmadian(PrimaryAdvisor)، Houshang Yazdani ghareaghaj(Advisor)، Sarah Hussein Al-Tufaili(Student)

Abstract

Based on Simone de Beauvoir's framework, this thesis examined how Angela Carter's reimagining of classic fairy tales challenge patriarchal cultures. The bulk of the essay is devoted to an examination of how the novel deals with selected fairy tales from a feministic perspective, touching on female sexuality, gender roles, and female concerns. The thesis analyzed the changing roles of women in a selection of fairy tales by Angela Carter, paying special attention to the impact of cultural norms and expectations. Stylistics, the study of how a writer writes, has branched out in many directions in recent decades. Therefore, feminist stylistics grounded in feminist criticism arises as a crucial method for defining "woman" and her place in not only society but also in language. By examining male domination in society and literary works, feminist stylistics tries to present a counter-image of women both in language and social construction. Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, a collection of re-written traditional fairy tales, “extracts the latent content from the traditional stories” in Carter’s words. Ten stories in the collection handle the topics of marriage, sexuality, gender roles, and female liberty with a subverting point of view. Carter's The Bloody Chamber features phrases, dialogue, and situations that are explicitly concerned with women's roles and perspectives. In this investigation, the topic of how to challenge patriarchal cultures through the lens of gender is central. However, Carter also subverts the position of female to reveal the unexpected, showing the reader or society a side of women that they wouldn't expect, despite their obvious accomplishments and beliefs.