The Stranger in the Mirror: Female Identity Crisis, Dissociation and Self-Fragmentation in Kafa Al-Zubi’s Novel X

Karmi, S. (2021).The stranger in the mirror: Female identity crisis, dissociation and self-fragmentation in Kafa Al-Zubi’s novel X. International Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 7(1), 24-35. https://dx.doi.org/10.20469/ijhss.7.20003-1

12 Pages Posted: 7 May 2021

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Sally Karmi

Arab Open University, Jordan

Date Written: May 3, 2021

Abstract

The study aimed to identify the crisis of female identity, dissociation disorder and self-fragmentation in Kafa Al-Zubi’s novel X (Al-Zubi, 2014). The novel portrays the female protagonist, X, with a dissociative identity disorder and a sense of self-fragmentation, a generic case of many women struggling to define their identities in patriarchal societies. X’s dissociative identity forces her to live a fragmented life. She demonstrates signs of loss of interest, a manifestation of self-fragmentation, relational difficulties, and a desire for death. The novel is analyzed through psychoanalytic and postcolonial theories to define concepts of identity, dissociative identity disorder and self-fragmentation. The textual analysis reveals that, within the socio-religious fabric of a patriarchal society, a female’s social/personal identity structure is restricted and psychologically confused. The dominant patriarchal system is destructive to the female’s personal identity and her quest for achieving selfhood and independence. The female protagonist’s attempt to balance her social/personal identities becomes fluid. She negotiates her social spaces in her attempt to resist a socially bound and labelled identity that stigmatizes a woman’s existence as a self. challenges facing learners.

Keywords: Dissociation, Identity Crisis, Jordanian Women Writers, Self-Fragmentation, Social/Personal Identity

Suggested Citation

Karmi, Sally, The Stranger in the Mirror: Female Identity Crisis, Dissociation and Self-Fragmentation in Kafa Al-Zubi’s Novel X (May 3, 2021). Karmi, S. (2021).The stranger in the mirror: Female identity crisis, dissociation and self-fragmentation in Kafa Al-Zubi’s novel X. International Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 7(1), 24-35. https://dx.doi.org/10.20469/ijhss.7.20003-1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3838523

Sally Karmi (Contact Author)

Arab Open University, Jordan ( email )

Amman
Jordan

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