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Title: Subjugation and Emancipation : Women Characters in the Select Works of Girish Karnad
Authors: Mahaldar, Santosh
Keywords: Feminism
Gender Discourses
Sexist Oppression
Male Power and Hegemony,
Issue Date: Dec-2022
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: A feminist perspective explores and analyzes among its other themes, the theme of gender inequality. It talks about the discourses of patriarchy and sexism that have kept women oppressed and marginalized economically, politically, socially and psychologically. Lois Tyson asserts: “Feminist criticism examines how literature (and other cultural productions) reinforces or undermines the economic, political, social and psychological oppression of women.” (Tyson, 2019, p. 79) Disparity against women based on gender distinction has been the core preoccupation of feminism. The role of women in our society has been confined within the boundaries of daughter, wife, and mother, which are suggestive of the restrictions that almost all women face in their homes. This paper draws on gender discourses to discuss the theme of subjugation of women in some select plays of Girish Karnad. The paper discusses four plays of Karnad to explore the issue ; Naga-Mandala, The Fire and the Rain , Hayavadana and Yajati . Discussion on women’s subjugation requires a proper theoretical and philosophical perspective. The essay refers to some deliberations and convictions of feminist critics like John Stuart Mill, Simone de Beauvoir, Kate Millet, and Michel Foucault. Girish Karnad was well aware that the sexist oppression of women is a feature of patriarchal dominance. We know the adage, “power sets the agenda for patriarchy.” The research aims to pinpoint how Karnad seeks for means of atonement in the select plays.
Description: Journal of Women's Studies (A Peer Reviewed Journal), Vol. Xl, December 2022, p 81-91
ISSN: 2320-3625
Appears in Collections:JOURNAL OF WOMEN’S STUDIES, Vol Xl, (December 2022)

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