The Body and Beyond: Representation of Body Politics in "My Name Is Salma" by Fadia Faqir

Shaffira Gayatri


While the definition of body politics has become a large source of debate in feminist and gender studies, generally, body politics is conceptualised as the negotiation of power via the body through processes that may operate either directly or symbolically. This paper aims to analyse the politicisation of the female protagonist’s body in a postcolonial novel titled My Name is Salma by Fadia Faqir, and how it relates to her state of exile. Furthermore, it attempts to demonstrate that the illustration of the character’s diasporic experience is influenced by the body politics carried out in both the Arab and British settings. The research argues that, while the female protagonist in the novel undergoes several forms of body politics that are imposed by her patriarchal environment, she also employs a number of strategies as a means of resistance. The study concludes that her resistance is defeated by the interplay of patriarchy, capitalism, and imperialism, which takes place first and foremost on the female body, strengthening her external marginalisation and internal exile.

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