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Voices from the Gap

A Study of Women's Experiences in Three Novels by Anita Desai



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Voices from the Gap by Musrat Bibi
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This dissertation, "Voices From the Gap: a Study of Women's Experiences in Three Novels by Anita Desai" by Musrat, Bibi, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract The focus of my thesis is to explore the Indian women's experiences in the three novels of Anita Desai, Fire on the Mountain, Clear Light of Day and Fasting, Feasting. Based on the investigation of women's experiences in the two major spheres, that is the private or domestic and the public sphere, I will examine how their spatial existence and movement are constrained by the patriarchal ideologies enforced by men in the community. I will also investigate the interaction between oppression, suppression and self-determination experienced by women in both the domestic and public spheres. As India is still governed by traditional values, women find it difficult to escape from their gendered roles as mother, daughter and wife. If any attempts are made by them to transgress into the public sphere and to seek equal status with men, they have to face isolation or self-destruction. Here, in the novels, we see women's marginalization through the use of third person narration, the female characters' accounts of their past memories and the use of narrative voices of the female characters. What I will like to argue is that though attempts have been made by women to escape from the patriarchal society, they cannot achieve total independence and liberation. Personal adjustments have to be made by women to connect themselves to the community so as to avoid being isolated and estranged. DOI: 10.5353/th_b3194104 Subjects: Women in literature
Release date NZ
January 26th, 2017
colour illustrations
Country of Publication
United States
Open Dissertation Press
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