UNFAIR ON FAIR – A STUDY OF STEREOTYPED FEMALE CHARACTERS IN MODERNIST LITERATURE WITH REFERENCE TO HENRY GREEN'S NOVELS

Authors

  • Mrs. C. Joanna Pauline Scholar, Department of English Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College Vattamalaipalayam, NGGO Colony, Coimbatore
  • Dr. P. Santhi Professor and Head Department of Humanities Coimbatore Institute of Technology Coimbatore

Abstract

Women get easily blamed, thrown around, indicted, misrepresented, mocked, criticized and above all stereotyped.   The fairer sex has been meted out this unfair treatment time and again. We can easily come across people who do this, without batting an eyelid, across all the walks of life: writers are no exception to this practice.  Even great masters err and slip on this front; the question whether they do this intentionally or unintentionally can open up myriad avenues of exploration, debate and discourse, and this paper aims to explore this representation in modernist literature. Special focus will be on the writings of Henry Green, who has been hailed as "the writer's writer's writer.  Green has, as characters, impressionable women, a stereotype that can be seen in works ages across - women who easily get modified because of pressures from without than within, women who lose their feminine attributes to gain something.  He also records resourceful women, scheming women, unpredictable women, instinctive, women, intuitive older women who run roughshod over younger ones and many more stereotypes.  This paper takes a look at Henry Green's portrayal of these stereotypes in his writings.

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Published

2018-08-31