Feminist Aspects in the Select Novels of Thomas Hardy

  • Dr. R. Bakyaraj Associate Professor, Dept. of English, K.L. University, Green Field, Vaddeswaram, Guntur-522502 (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Divvela Surendra Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, K.L. University, Green Field, Vaddeswaram, Guntur-522502 (Andhra Pradesh)

Abstract

Feminism is concerned with the emancipation of women by liberating them from man’s domination.  It demands that women should be treated as autonomous subjects and not as passive objects.  What peculiarly signalizes the situation of woman is that she finds herself living in a world where men compel her to assume the status of ‘the other’.  Society being codified by man decreases that women is inferior to man.  She can do away with this inferior status only by rejecting the male superiority.  To contemporary women, sexual harassment can clearly be seen as a phenomenon arising out of a society which condones male dominance and female subordination.  Sexual harassment has been practiced on women whenever they have assumed a position to change the authority of the male.  In literature, women writers had to contend with the imposition of limitations to their education and their chances to publish and circulate their work.  Women education was intended to provide them with the skills that would make them better wives and mothers.Key Words: Feminism, Emancipation, Autonomous, Codified, Harassment, Condones

Author Biography

Dr. R. Bakyaraj, Associate Professor, Dept. of English, K.L. University, Green Field, Vaddeswaram, Guntur-522502 (Andhra Pradesh)
Professor

References

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3. Brody, M. 1983. Mary Wollstonecraft’s Sexuality and Women Rights in D. Spender, ed, Feminist theories.
4. Brown, D. 1951. Thomas Hardy, London: Macmillan
Published
2017-11-26