Interconnection of Kristevan Semiotic Chora and Nature in By the Light of My Father's Smile

Kamelia Talebian Sedehi, Rosli Talif, Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya, Hardev Kaur


Julia Kristeva's semiotic chora is the stage before the child acquires language and expresses himself within language. The semiotic deals with the infant's desires and impulses while his body is connected to his mother's body. Therefore, all his needs are fulfilled within this site. After the child perceives that he is separate from his mother's body, he enters the symbolic realm of language and uses language to express himself and his needs. The child likes to be part of his mother's body, but it is not possible; therefore, by gendering the nature, he can be part of his mother's body again. The land is considered as Mother Nature and gives the opportunity to men and women to experience the semiotic chora again. In Alice Walker's By the Light of My Father's Smile, men perceive women's needs by looking at the moon as part of the nature. They do not use language to communicate women, but by looking at the moon they recognize women's bodily desires. The current article will indicate how the child is connected to his mother in the semiotic chora and his needs are fulfilled and how men and women are connected to nature as a mother figure and they perceive the sexual needs and attempt to fulfill them without using language and only by paying attention to signs in nature.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n3s2p490

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