Feministic Analysis of Manju Kapur’s A Married Woman

A.Hariharasudan , Dr.S.Robert Gnanamony


Postmodern tendencies have been reflected in Indian writing in English over the past few years. This paves
way for the creation of new socio-cultural and political situation and circumstances that pushes the marginal or the extreme marginal to the centre stage. Feminism as it is an accompanying issue of postmodernism is the product of such a sensibility. It has been derived from the Latin word „Famina‟ which means woman. In the begining, it was discussed by Alice Rossi, an American in a Book Review published in the Athenaeum in April 1895. Feminism got a new shape since the publication of The Feminine Mystique by the American female novelist, Betty Friedan in 1962. But it moved upward rush in 1980‟s and held the center age. It picturizes the dilemma of contemporary women seeking freedom from prejudiced male-dominance. It condemns discrimination against women and deconstructs the traditional patriarchal constructs to pick up their voices against repression and sex-subjugation. As Robert states, “male-female stereotype rules are being deconstructed day-by-day in the postmodern world” (Rationale 98).

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18535/v5.i1.01


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