Colors as Gender Markers: A corpus based Critical Study of English Novels by Pakistani Female Writers

Authors

  • Uzma Asmat Ph. D Scholar, Department of English, University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Dr. Kanwal Zahra Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2023(7-II)09

Keywords:

Corpus, Discourse, Gender, Pakistani Literature

Abstract

The present study aims at investigating a discursive role of colors in the construction of gender identities in the selected corpus of English novels by Pakistani females. It focuses on understanding the mechanism which contributes to construe, challenge or reinforce the traditional gender images in Pakistani society. A corpus-based critical approach was employed to demystify the constructed gender structures in the web of texts selected for this study. The research finds a significant relationship between color association and the constitution of gender images. Some colors are presented as permanent features of one gender which cannot be seen otherwise. Some bright colors like pink, yellow, purple, green, orange have been predominantly associated with females and sober and decent ones like brown, gray, khaki have been associated with males. These color connotations are employed to create and reinforce gender identities of the characters, their traits, and their behaviors. The whole process of construction is executed by employing language as discursive and strategic tool in a specific sociopolitical context of Pakistani society.

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Published

2023-03-16

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Asmat, U., & Zahra, K. (2023). Colors as Gender Markers: A corpus based Critical Study of English Novels by Pakistani Female Writers. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 7(2), 86–103. https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2023(7-II)09