Reading Top Girls by Caryl Churchill as Postmodern text
Author(s):
P Sona
Keywords:
postmodernism, intertextuality, power, and identity
Abstract
This paper studies the postmodern elements in Top Girls, written by one of the prominent playwrights of postmodern drama, Caryl Churchill. By the close reading of the text, the postmodern aspects such as intertextuality, simulation, tone of irreverence, identity crisis, dominance of power are explored. Furthermore, socialism and the third wave of feminism are other concepts that are highlighted in this paper are popular trends during postmodern era. Foucault’s notion of the exercise of power and marginalisation, Baudrillard’s ideology on simulation, where he states that the difference between reality and fiction is blurred and Roland Barthes comments on the play of intertextuality are the major elements of this study. Finally, this paper runs through the specific details of the play, which provide the stance for studying postmodern factors and understanding the changes in the postmodern society in terms of equality, the shift in the role of women in capitalist society, and its consequences, dominance, and the play of power politics.
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Unique Paper ID: 161324

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 3

Page(s): 312 - 315
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