Anis Kalantari & Dr. Nahid Mohammadi,
Alzahra University, Iran
This research aims at the feminist reading of Iranian novel “I Will Turn off the Lights” by Zoya Pirzad using the theories of modern feminism. Claris Iyvazian, the Iranian-Armenian protagonist of the novel is used as a case study of Luce Irigaray’s psychoanalysis and her theory of sexual difference. Also, in this study, the relationship of Claris with other women and the society will be studied based on the psychoanalysis of Julia Kristeva and her theory of the speaking subjectivity. The heroin, whose female role is characterized through the traits of the opposite gender, will be studied as the different speaking subject. Claris, the discordant protagonist, uses a different feminine language to struggle for the championship of her individuality. Due to Claris’s lost and despicable existence in her domestic life, Luce Irigaray’s theory of psychoanalysis is used as critique of the exclusion of women from socio-cultural integrations. In a society where a woman cannot have a position of her own, Claris has to assimilate to a male subject to gain her distinct subjectivity. Julia Kristeva’s theory of the split subjects used to show that the societal constraints create the system of division. The patriarchal society of the day ignores the position of women. Thus, Claris is always belittled by her husband. In the present research study, the authors aim at depicting the position of female subjects and their psychological issues in the Iranian society of 1960s.
The above abstract is part of the article which was accepted at The Second International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics (WWW.LLLD.IR) & The Fourth National Conference on English Studies and Linguistics (WWW.ELTL.IR) , 1-2 February 2018 , Iran-Ahwaz.