Shehrazad as a Sign: A Post-Structural Reading of Liana Badr’s The Eye of the Mirror.

engy salah saleh



The Eye of the Mirror (1991) is a novel written by the Palestinian woman writer, Liana Badr documenting a historical moment that lends itself powerfully to address the present aiming at creating a different future. Liana Badr comes on mentioning Shehrazad once in her novel; yet, the research aims at proving that it is not a casual passing by and that just mentioning Shehrazad lends much significance to the analysis of the novel itself as trauma literature. By the end of the novel, oppression is converted to be an empowering tool of creating oneself anew. The novel seeks to familiarize the oppression against women as a norm that is subverted through narration to be a powerful device for self- re-orientation and collective maintenance. The research supposes that if one is metaphorically occupied by oppression and degradation, s/he will never be able to set free his/her true potentialities. As it is read post-structurally, Shehrazad, as a literary sign, is investigated on more one level embracing a feminist and a nationalist signification in addition to lending a special signification to the identification between Shehrazad and Lian Badr herself.



The Eye of the Mirror- Liana Badr- Shehrazad- Silence- Female body- Narration-Trauma Literature.

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