A Critical Discourse Analysis of 'An American Brat' by Bapsi Sidhwa

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Abstract

This paper presents a critical discourse analysis of the novel written by an eminent 21st-century female writer Bapsi Sidhwa. The text was analyzed critically in the backdrop of the checklist developed by the researcher. The findings reveal that a significantly tough language has been used for the depiction of men and women. Roles and responsibilities given to them have been found to be assigned on the basis of gender discrimination. Therefore, it is contended that colonialism still prevails in the form of social, economic and educational disparities in the third world countries as compared to the developed and privileged countries. Similarly, power structures have been found functional in every sphere of life and are decided by the institutions which hold the utmost power. Racism has also been revealed in the text. Ethnicity, race, color, culture and language have been found superiority over all the other ethnicities, cultures, races and languages.

Authors

1-Maira Mariam
MS Scholar, Department of TESOL, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

2-Sana Baig
Lecturer, Department of TESOL, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

3-Fareeha Javed
Head of TESOL Department, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Keywords

Discourse Analysis, Racism, Ethnicity

DOI Number

10.31703/glr.2020(V-I).07


Page Nos

61-69

Volume & Issue

VI - I

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Published: 03 2021

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