Going Against the grain: An FPDA of The Epic of Gilgamesh

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The aspects of ones identity are positioned within a context prescribed by culture and they are according to cultural expectation. The present study aims to add/explore power dynamics that are embedded in the discourses of Ishtar and Shamhat. This study is concerned with how in The Epic of Gilgamesh, the two female characters: Ishtar and Shamhat are received and perceived by their immediate audience. The present study through feminist Post Structured Discourse Analysis (FPDA) (Baxter, 2003) lens analyzes characters of Ishtar and Shamhat, the focus of the study is to inspect the ways through these characters negotiates their positions, identities and relationships in a society that is dominated by patriarchal traditional discourses. It is concluded that both female characters in their respective discourses are victorious in their persuasion of action and manner of speaking.


1-Samreen Zaheer
Lecturer, Department of English, National University of Modern Languages, Quetta Campus, Balochistan, Pakistan.

2-Farzana Masroor
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, Air University, Islamabad, Pakistan.



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Published: Dec 2019

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