Male Pride/Female Shame: Gender Violence in Elif Shafak honour

Document Type : Original Article


English Department Faculty of Arts&Humanities of Sousse Tunisia



Ever since the advent of feminism by the late nineteenth century, women have aspired for the eradication of all forms of gender discrimination and the promotion of equal rights. Yet, by the end of the twentieth century, Western feminism has been forced to admit its ineligibility to account for the diverse struggles of all women against the hegemony of patriarchy. Furthermore, feminists have realized that the introduction of progressive legislations cannot guarantee women’s protection against gender violence as patriarchy continues to operate via the social institutions, ethics, traditions and religions. Therefore, “if feminism solidified into a political movement in the 1960s and the 1970s, the millennium sees it diversifying again” Hodgson-Wright 3). Within this context, this paper reads the Turkish writer Elif Shafak’s novel Honor (2011) from a feminist perspective focusing on the phenomenon of honor killing in the Turkish community. The paper proceeds with a contemplation of the link between patriarchy, gender violence and religion then moves to discuss the novel’s exposition of the ideological process by which sin is being’ gendered’ in the Muslim Turkish community casting light on the male- biased ethical theory of male pride/female shame.


Volume 06, Issue 01
March 2022
Pages 37-41
  • Receive Date: 10 December 2021
  • Revise Date: 04 January 2022
  • Accept Date: 13 February 2022
  • First Publish Date: 13 February 2022