Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literature

First Advisor

Beverly M. Weber

Second Advisor

Haytham Bahoora

Third Advisor

Davide Stimilli


The goal of this paper is to examine how Siba Shakib's novel Nach Afghanistan kommt Gott nur noch zum Weinen enters into a discussion that already claims to speak for and on behalf of Eastern women in general, the Afghan women in particular. This type of discourse has proven to not only perpetuate the marginalization of these individuals, already located in the peripheries, but also erases the voice of those minority women working to create a space that allows the Third World woman to speak on her own behalf. This paper examines the use of space, imagery, power, and sex within the narrative to paint a picture that is meant to highlight the perceived "plight" and "struggles" of women in Afghanistan.