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Volume 3 Issue 3

November 2017

A Gynocentric Exploration of the Pulitzer Prize Plays Harvey and Look Homeward, Angel
Dr. R. Subhasshri , 
Guest Faculty, 
Department of English, 
Pondicherry University, 
Puducherry, Pondicherry, India
Throughout the world, the patriarchy positions women as second class citizens, wherein they have been sidelined, marginalized and suppressed. Nevertheless several potent women challenge the patriarchy by ascertaining their rights through the written word. Accordingly, this article takes up two mid-century Pulitzer Prize winning women playwrights who have indeed carved a niche by breaking the tradition and moved towards newer terrains through the gynocentric depiction of women in their prize plays. The characters and plays taken for study are Veta and Elwood in Mary Chase’s Harvey (1945) and Eliza and Eugene in Frings’s Look Homeward, Angel (1958). Although both of these plays revolve around a male protagonist, they portray a woman who is either manipulative or too much concerned over the male protagonist(s) and luring them according to their whims and fancies. To sum up, women characters (also) serve as catalytic agents in the male characters’ lives, thereby resulting the plays as gynocentric.
Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Gynocentric; Breaking the Tradition; Male Protagonists; Mary Chase; and Ketti Frings.
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