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Volume 1 Issue 7

December 2014

A Comparative Study of Margaret Laurence’s A Jest of God and Rani Dharker’s The Virgin Syndrome
Ms. J.E. Indra, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Government College of Engineering, 
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India
Feminism is one of the most essential discourses in postcolonial studies. It tries to examine, locate, change and reshape cultural practices that are responsible for suppression of women in the society. Feminism is not always and necessarily “anti-man”; but is definitely against any social system which ushers in female subordination. The aim of feminism is perhaps to create a society requiring both men and women to co-operate rather than confront and overcome their egotistical urge for self-assertion through annihilation of the other. Having the above paradigm in mind, this paper explores the two post-colonial modern feminist writers Margaret Laurence and Rani Dharker. Both of them address the questions relating to ego, sex, love, freedom, identity etc. Two of them grapple with contemporary issues and tried a quest of various themes. They focus motherhood, marriage, individualism, class conflict, and marginalization. In the comparative study one can find in-depth analysis of how the women protagonists in these two novels A Jest of God and The Virgin Syndrome come to terms with their identity in the environment in which they survive. Both these novels are thematically interlaced and focus on the psychological complexities of female subjectivity.
Margaret Laurence; A Jest of God; Rani Dharker; The Virgin Syndrome.
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