—Wales and Malaysia are in many ways as culturally distant as they are geographically remote. But in fact there are several paths which might lead to a fruitful comparative study. Both countries have more than one official language (and two of the short stories, one from each country, are translations from a non-English indigenous language). Both countries have a history of cultural tensions arising from different legacies of colonialism including prominent discourses of authenticity and rootedness positioned against imported cultures. Other points of comparison include the ways in which women’s loyalties may be divided between religious or national affiliations and feminist aspirations. This research does not seek to suggest that Malaysian and Welsh women’s histories or experiences are directly comparable. Rather it acknowledges key differences while at the same time considering how women writers from different sides of the globe negotiate feminist aims in often conflicted cultural, national and religious contexts.
—Feminist criticism, patriarchal society, alienation.
Nor Hashimah Isais with the Department of English & Literature, Faculty of Languages & Communication, UniversitiPendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Nor Hashimah Isa, "Welsh and Malaysian Short Stories: Feminist Criticism in Perspective," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 60-63, 2014.