Assistant Professor of English
Rani Channamma University
ʺHere she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal; chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.ʺ
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The changing trends in teaching literature come into existence according to the changing trends, concepts and theories of literature. The trend of New Woman in literature is in vogue since the past till the present for its debates and dilemmas on tradition, culture, modernity and the patriarchal politics in constructing and consuming women. The New Woman was the term used at the end of the nineteenth century to describe women who were pushing against the limits which society imposed on women. Today she might be called a liberated woman or a feminist. The New Woman typically values self fulfillment and independence rather than the stereotypically feminine ideal of self-sacrifice. She believes in legal and sexual equality and often remains single because of the difficulty of combining such equality with marriage. She is more open about her sexuality than the woman of past. The New woman is well educated and reads a great deal, has a job and is athletic or otherwise physically vigorous and accordingly prefers comfortable clothes (sometimes male attire) to traditional female garb.
The above mentioned aspects representing the New Woman are clearly visible in Taslima’s poetry. Taslima Nasrin is one, considered as a controversial feminist writer, who raises several issues on women, men, religion, nationalities and exile. Her poems Border, Character, Eve Oh Eve, Girl from Switzerland, Masturbation, Noorjahan, Run! Run!, The Game in Reverse, The Woman Breaking Bricks and You Go Girl!, focus on the concept of New Woman.