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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Feminist Prototype - Dogmatism and Pragmatism: A Study of Valerie Miner’s Murder in the English Department
Mr. Anindya Sundar Polley, 
Researcher, 
Department of English & Foreign Languages, 
Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya Central University, 
Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, India
Abstract
With the turn of centuries, the world has witnessed a lot of progressive movements, among which feminist movement deserves a special mention. Since the late 19th century, it has gained a steady momentum and besides the physical protest, it has adopted the medium of literature to convey its message to the patriarchal oppressors. Eminent feminist novelist Valerie Miner’s novel Murder in the English Department is a significant example of such literature. Miner not only creates the life crisis of a semi successful middle aged woman in a male chauvinistic society, but also through the character of the semi-autobiographical protagonist, she creates a feminist prototype, thus exhibits essential features and the model for subsequent forms. Miner’s credentials in this process, however, is not confined in the dogmatic sphere, she displays the extreme form of exercising feminist ideology and the pragmatic exercise glorifies the potential severity and ruthlessness of the oppressed in the point of no return, and thus provides a clear threat to the patriarchy set social constructionism. The research paper, through the analysis of the select novel, explores the traditional feminist models and that of Miner and tries to find out the inevitable linkage of dogmatism and pragmatism. The paper also scrutinizes the action of homicide in the novel and also tries to detect whether it is a mere reflex action or it is a sudden outburst of the latent feminist ideology in Adams who kills her professor.
Keywords
Feminist Criticism; Dogmatism; Pragmatism; Resistance; Murder; Valerie Miner; Murder in the English Department.
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