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R. K. NARAYAN’S THE DARK ROOM - A FEMINIST READING

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Author(s): K. R. Rakhi

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 490;
Date: 2013;
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ABSTRACT
Feminist movement in India, which drew its inspiration from the western ideals, aimed at defining and establishing equal social, economic and political rights and opportunities for women in India. It also fought against the specific issues related to the tradition and culture of the country. Indian feminists strived to make the women aware of the oppression and exploitation they have been undergoing in the male dominated society, and sought for a conscious action from the part of men and women to change the situation. They tried to challenge the discrimination of genders by deconstructing the existing concept of femininity and masculinity, and attempted to break away from gender stereotypes. Many Indian writers joined hands to support this new trend by writing about the evils of patriarchal system. R.K Narayan’s The Dark Room can be considered a reflection of this particular scenario in the literary realm. It is one of the earliest novels by an Indian writer which deals with the theme of gender equality and women’s rights. This paper entitled ‘R K Narayan’s The Dark Room – A Feminist Reading’ analyses women’s issues stated in the novel by the author with the aid of psychological treatment of characters and sharp social criticism, and concludes by pointing out the timelessness of the predicament of women in Indian society.
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