Vol. 5, Issue 5 (2019)
Narrating the Female: Reading gender in the short stories of Qurratulain Hyder
Author(s): Shabina Fatima
Abstract: The female narrates life differently. Her experiences are different, her language is different, and her stories are different. The French Feminists have established that there is a direct relation between the language that women used and the identity that they carry. It means that the language of the male and the female are different. The language of the male exhibits power, authority, and dominance, whereas the language of female is of sympathy, relationship, and peace. When a female narrates her experiences, her stories become different because her language is different her experiences are different. In this paper I have attempted to understand the female experience as narrated by Qurratulain Hyder in her short stories. My focus will be on the narrative techniques and language, and their relationship with the female experiences. For the purpose of this paper I have selected three stories ‘The Exiles’, ‘Honour’, and ‘The Sound of Falling Leaves.