International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 278

Article in Press

A Psychoanalysis of Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero: Foregrounding Prostitution

Rebecca Ufuoma DAVIES

  •  Received: 15 May 2023
  •  Accepted: 21 July 2023
This paper provided psychoanalysis of the representation of prostitution in Nawal El Saadawi’s novel Woman at Point Zero. The paper examines the psychological impact of Firdaus’ experiences of abuse, neglect, and prostitution, as well as the potential for healing and resistance through therapeutic intervention and empowerment. The paper argues that the novel foregrounds the intersections of gender, power, and sexuality, particularly in relation to the systemic exploitation and oppression of women. By analyzing Firdaus’ experiences through a psychoanalytic lens, the paper demonstrates the psychological complexity of prostitution and the impact of gender-based violence and oppression on an individual’s psychological development and functioning. Additionally, it underscores the importance of feminist approaches to therapy and mental health care in addressing gender-based power dynamics and supporting healing and empowerment.

Keywords: prostitution, psychoanalytic analysis, gender, sexuality, feminist therapy.