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Volume 2 Issue 6

November 2015

Concept of ‘Changed Woman’ in Githa Hariharan’s The Thousand Faces of Night
Ms. Sumaila Raza, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
B.R. Ambedkar Bihar University, 
Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India

Dr. Md. Equebal Hussain, 
Associate Professor, 
Department of English, 
M.S. College, 
Motihari, Bihar, India
Abstract
Githa Hariharan in her very first novel The Thousand Faces of Night (1993) has got the opportunity to interact with the readers of English literature. This award winning novel revolves around women’s predicament in contemporary India and along with delineating the pitiable condition of women. She has introduced the concept of ‘Changed Woman’ or ‘New Woman’. This concept is a progeny of Post-colonial era or in other apt words we can say that post-colonialism is the mother of this new concept. It brought a revolutionary change in the world of English literature and Indian English literature too did not remain untouched with this very concept. Now the image of women is entirely changed. She is no more a weeping statue but a lady with firm decision and bold character. Before proceeding to further discussion at first we should know what does this term mean. The term ‘Changed Woman’ is used for self-awakening of woman and for realization of her place and position in the orbit of family and then in the society.
Keywords
‘New Woman’; ‘Changed Woman’; Githa Hariharan; The Thousand Faces of Night.
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