What is it about?

Through the spatial dispersal of patriarchal power, places where women interact with other women can produce femininities that oppress other women. Leila Aboulela's Lyrics Alley provides a cartography for socio-geographical enquiry to establish how space and place construct patriarchal women. My analyses of these literary spaces reveal the mechanisms by which patriarchal women are spatially produced, and may use space to advance a patriarchal agenda.

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This is a rare exploration of patriarchal femininity as manifested in domestic space. I also look at female homosocial relationships in African literature, which is also not broadly studied.

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This page is a summary of: Building oppressive proxies: Sudanese and Egyptian domestic place and the production of patriarchal femininity in Leila Aboulela’s Lyrics Alley, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, January 2020, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0021989419894624.
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