Exploring L’ecriture feminine through selected short stories of Doris Lessing, Ismat Chughtai, and Mahasweta Devi
Author(s):
Deeksha Samra
Keywords:
Feminism, women writing, patriarchy, tradition
Abstract
This research paper presents a comparative study of selected short stories by Doris Lessing, Ismat Chughtai, and Maheswata Devi. Doris Lessing was a British-Zimbabwean, nobel prize winner author whose works varies from plays, novels to short stories. Whereas Ismat Chughtai was a Muslim writer of Indian origin who wrote short stories in Urdu. Mahaswata Devi was a Hindu writer of Indian origin who wrote in Bengali. The three women writers, despite being from different socio-cultural backgrounds shared similar observations when it came to the condition of women in society. The theory of le’criture feminine, as suggested by Helene Cixous, is applied to the works of the respective writers to see how these female writers dealt with various issues of women in their works. Their work highlights various socio-cultural factors that affected lives of women. The comparative study of various female characters portrayed by these writers reflects how these women effectively highlighted the mindsets of women as they dealt with the rules and regulations of society. The research also compares other aspects of short stories like plot of stories, a socio-cultural belief system that affected women negatively, and sexuality of women through the eyes of the respective writers. The paper will conclude how the writings of these women writers successfully contributed to the world of female writers who wrote about women.
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Unique Paper ID: 159885

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 12

Page(s): 1446 - 1451
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