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Volume 1 Issue 1

June 2014

Post-Colonial and Feminist Perspectives in Gita Hariharan's The Thousand Faces of Night
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
PSG College of Arts and Science, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. Suganthi S Kumar, 
Associate Professor, 
Department of English, 
PSG College of Technology, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Githa Hariharn's first novel The Thousand Faces of Night (1992), highlights the survival strategies of women belonging to three different generations. The protagonist of the novel, Devi, being the youngest of the three, is the US-return modern woman who ends up in a bitter marriage. Another powerful character in the novel is her mother Sita, who strives for her self - assertion by aspiring to bridge the widening gap between tradition and modernity. Mayamma, being the last, is the old family retainer in Devi's husband's house, and is a real typical instance for women's exploitation by patriarchal society. She belongs to the distant past with her affixed location in the suffocating tradition and whose pathetic life displays that for an Indian woman, married life becomes a success only if she endures all the torture heaped on her without retort.
Post-Colonialism; Feminism; Patriarchy; Hegemony; Githa Hariharan; The Thousand Faces of Night.
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