Ideological Construction of Gender Representation in The Pearl That Broke: A Critical Discourse Analysis
Keywords:Critical Discourse Analysis, FCDA, Gender, Ideological Construction
The purpose of this study is to examine and analyse the Ideological construction of gender representation in Nadia Hashmi’s The Pearl That Broke Its Shell from the perspective of Critical discourse analysis. The study has been conducted in a socially constructed Bacha Posh tradition which has been practiced in Afghanistan for several generations. To unpack gender representation and ideological construction of gender in the discourse structures, the researcher has used M.M Lazar’s FCDA praxis. Lazar's theoretical and methodological considerations offer a systematic inquiry to the researcher to dig out the ideological construction and unequal representation of gender. The current study revealed that gender is a social and cultural phenomenon and central female characters in the discourse structures are represented unequally, socially, culturally politically and economically through linguistic structures. Further studies are required to investigate the effect of polygamy and early marriages on the lives of girls in Afghan society.
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