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FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE OF CROSS-GENDER POWER RELATION IN CARYL CHURCHILL'S TOP GIRLS

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Author(s): Jenny M. Djundjung | Yap Bie Yong

Journal: K@ta : a Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature
ISSN 1411-2639

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 160;
Date: 2002;
Original page

Keywords: patriarchal system | male domination | feminism | subordination | resistance | masculine and feminine traits | power relation | institutions | discrimination

ABSTRACT
Top Girls, one of Caryl Churchill's most popular plays, describes the lives of six female characters coming from different centuries. Each of them has their own story to tell, as they have all been victimized by the patriarchal system in the century when they live and have resisted the system with different strategies. They either employ roles that are traditionally reserved for men or they adopt the archetypically feminine qualities. Despite their resistance and success, they find themselves unhappy and unsatisfied over their achievements. Thus this raises the question of the effectiveness of the feminist movement.
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