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Volume 1 Issue 5

October 2014

Gender, Sex and Literary Theory
Ms. Aarti Vishwakarma, 
Department of English, 
Banaras Hindu University, 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Gender is a social and cultural construct, often falsely considered synonymous to sex. But actually sex is a biological make up and the values and meaning associated with male and female body are socially constructed. And this system of values and meaning associated to male and female body is known as gender. ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ are the biological features of a man and woman whereas ‘Feminine’ and ‘Masculine’ are social and cultural aspects. The present paper attempts to highlight the concept of gender and the misconception surrounding it. This paper also highlights the views of different critics of literature regarding gender and sex.
Femininity; Masculinity; Performativity; Ecriture Feminine; Gender; Mary Wollstonecraft; Virginia Woolf; Sigmund Freud; Simone de Beauvoir; Michael Foucault; Helene Cixous; Judith Butler.
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