A PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACH TO THE NOVEL OF NAWAL EL SAADAWI TITLED M▄ZEKK?RAT TAB?BE

Abstract

Author(s): Yusuf K├ľ?EL?

The novel titled Müzekkirât Tabîbe (Memoirs Of A Woman Doctor) begins with the return of a female doctor to her childhood by focusing on the psychological trauma that she had experienced as a result of the sexual discrimination imposed on herself against her elder brother. The hero of the novel fights for protecting her selfhood against the society, traditions and men on one hand and hates her womanhood and despises her female weakness on the other. She comes face to face with the tragedies of life and the problems of women in her clinic. She becomes aware of the fact that many things that she had experienced in her childhood had left deep traces in her unconsciousness and that some experiences which she had thought were experiences specific to herself were indeed the reflections of the neurotic disorder of the whole society. The purpose of this study is to examine the said novel which tells the life of a nameless woman who had in the Egypt of the 1950’s, which has been accepted as an unordinary life compared with the period in which she lived despite the tight structural patterns of the traditional order, in the light of the psychoanalytic theory of literature.

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