By Lynda Chouiten
Despite her transvestism, the author left unquestioned the conventional definitions of masculinity and femininity; it truly is her subscription to the patriarchal equation of maleness with energy and womanhood with weak point which makes her borrow a masculine id. in a similar fashion, her appropriation of numerous parts of Oriental tradition doesn't hinder her from reproducing age-old Orientalist stereotypes. As portrayed in her texts, the natives are both aestheticized as picturesque figures from a bygone age or denigrated as uncivilized, dark-minded creatures. and since Orientalism, as Edward stated has famously argued, is yet a textual manifestation of colonialism, Eberhardt’s Orientalist texts make her the associate of the colonialist venture, a undertaking which she additionally served by way of performing as a mediator among common Lyautey and local tribes. In discussing Eberhardt’s involvement within the colonial project and her perpetuation of the patriarchal and Orientalist traditions, this examine questions a dead ringer for rebel-figure that's frequently assigned to her. in its place, it indicates the writer’s literary and political gestures to be embedded in a marked quest for empowerment in the course of the double (literary and political) conquest of the Orient.
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Isabelle Eberhardt and North Africa: Nomadism as a Carnivalesque Mirage by Lynda Chouiten