Praveen Rai, Sujata
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Praveen Rai1 and Dr. Sujata2
1Research Scholar, Manav Rachna International University, Sonepat Haryana
2Assistant Professor, H&M, FET, Manav Rachna International University, Sonepat Haryana
Volume - 4,
Issue - 2,
Year - 2013
The term ‘feminism’ has its origin from the Latin word ‘femina’ meaning ‘woman’ and thereby refers to the advocacy of woman’s rights, status and power at par with men on the grounds of ‘equality of sexes’. The term became popular from the early twentieth century struggles for securing women’s suffrage in the Western countries and the later well organized socio-political movement for woman’s emancipation from patriarchal oppression. The political scope of feminism has been broadened by the impact of Marxist ideology that made feminist challenge sexism along with capitalism, for both encouraged the patriarchal setup.
Feminism, besides being a political crusade, attempts to study and solve the various gender-based problems. It questions the pre-conceived assumptions about the roles that men and women should have in life. In literary text, feminism brings to scrutiny the portrayals of gender roles, which tend to impose social norms, customs, conventions, laws and expectations on the grounds of gender discrimination. It throws a challenge on the age-long tradition of gender differentiation and attempts to explore and find a new social order.
The literary world of the Indian English fiction has spread red carpet for woman writers. Consequently, more and more woman writers are articulating anxieties and concerns focusing on woman’s issues and creating a body of ‘literature of their own’. Feminist issues transcend all limits of nationality, race creed etc. Woman writers have been echoing the feeling of marginality and expressing their revolt against the purely masculine world. One of the major concerns of the contemporary literature all over the world has been to highlight the plight of woman, their increasing problems, their physical, financial and emotional exploitation and their mental anguish in the male dominated society in every sphere of life.
Cite this article:
Praveen Rai, Sujata. Feminism in Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 4(2): April-June, 2013, 206-209.