Reclaiming Spaces: Corporeality in the Select Novels of Ananda Devi and Manju Kapur
Phallocentrism defines woman as incomplete, dark, passive, irrational and hysterical. Feminists have been long battling against sexual difference which is purely a cultural construct and advocate a humanist and egalitarian attitude towards womanhood. Modern woman ventures in quest of her identity and space for existence. The new woman is so bold that she can trample the moral codes and conventions to find herself anew, to find her own feminine desire. This paper throws light on the physical and psychological metamorphosis of woman protagonists who transgress the laws of patriarchy to gain autonomy over their body without any humiliation. It is indeed the rebirth of their personality, rebirth of their feminine strength and rebirth of their own existence.
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