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Title: Feminine identity and cultural displacement in the works of four women authors: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Attia Hosain, Arundhati Roy and Jhumpa Lahiri
Researcher: Mohammad Kamran Ahsan
Guide(s): Seemin Hasan
Keywords: English Lierature
cultural displacement
Feminine identity
Arundhati Roy
Jhumpa Lahiri
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Attia Hosain
Upload Date: 18-Sep-2013
University: Aligarh Muslim University
Completed Date: 254
Abstract: Women s marginalization is an old story. Women have been regarded as subservient to men since time immemorial. Even great thinkers and philosophers have regarded women as inferior to men. Aristotle, the great philosopher believed that femininity is an incomplete version of masculinity. He believed that a woman lacks qualities that are essential to men. He believed that women are defective by nature and incomplete in comparison to men. They are mentally and physically weaker than men and should passively allow men to dominate. Aristotle used biology to reinforce his claim. Aristotle opined that women are defective, because they cannot reproduce semen which contains a full human being. When a woman and man cohabit, the man supplies the substance of human being (the soul), whereas woman provides only the matter in the form of nourishment. Aristotle concluded that a woman is comparable to an infertile male. Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, an early feminist writer of the Indian sub continent as well as the founding pillar of Bengali Muslim feminism was born in 1880 into an elite Muslim zamindar family of Pairabond (Rangpur). As far as the spelling of Rokeya s name is concerned, it is a distorted form of Roqyiah , as she herself used the correct spelling Roqyiah in her letter to Khan Bahadur, while in her other letters she has used R.S. Hossain. This distortion namely Rokeya shows early translation activity. Rokeya s rancour towards patriarchal subordination and oppression, as reflected in her two utopias, is the outcome of her own familial situation and experiences in life. Though born into an elite family she was deprived of any schooling due to the orthodoxy prevalent in Muslim society. Rokeya s search for feminine identity leads her to create a semi utopian world of Tarini Bhavan where patriarchy-stricken women seek refuge from the crushing juggernaut of patriarchy. In Padamarag (The Ruby), Rokeya presents a society for the upliftment of downtrodden women where women from different ethnicities, castes
Pagination: ii, 254p.
Appears in Departments:Department of English

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