Representation of Feminism in South Asian Society: A Critical Study of An American Brat by Bapsi Sidhwa
Keywords:Feminism, Postcolonialism, Fiction, South Asian Literature, Pakistani English Literature
An American Brat by Bapsi Sidhwa is a postcolonial and feminist novel. Feroza, the heroine of the novel, is a teenage Parsee girl from Lahore. The novel An American Brat is focused on the character of Feroza because she was sent to America to her uncle. There, her behaviour changed. The whole story revolved around this single character. The parents of Feroza are very modern, while Feroza is a religious and conservative girl when we are introduced to her character. She is never attracted to the young men because she is regarded as backward and narrow-minded. She is an innocent individual and loves to stay alone. Firstly, she was not ready to go to America, but her family made her go there forcefully. The modern world of America proved awful for the sixteen years old Feroza. Therefore the consequences were as appalling as expected. This is why the feminist approach can be traced in the novel's text either from her mother or from herself. Feminism as the dominant approach is waved throughout the novel in one way or the other. This research is conducted to draw out all feminist traces from the text.
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