An Anatomy of the Collective Unconscious of Leading Women Writers

Authors

  • Jency Christafer PG & Research, Dept of English, Fatima Mata National College (Autonomous), Kollam, Kerala, India
  • Dr Cynthia Catherine Michael Assoc. Prof & Head PG & Research, Dept of English, Fatima Mata National College (Autonomous), Kollam, Kerala, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i12.10860

Keywords:

Feminism, Unconscious, Female, Relationship,

Abstract

This article intends to explore the concept of feminism as presented in the works of Virginia Woolf, Mary Ann Evans, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Kamala Das and Maya Angelou.A selective study of their works is conducted to exhibit the ways in which they presented the woman characters in order to deal with socially relevant issues. Woman victimisation, racism, discrimination etc become the major focus of these writers. This article investigates the collective unconscious realm of these writers and how it influenced them in their writing. The writers’ individual conception of feminism is also studied and critiqued. The traditional conception of beauty, perfection in the works of writers like Petrarch had resulted in the general objection from the women writers and it led to the representation of women characters in their novel quite differently. The article brings to light the minute flaws in the approach of the women writers and concludes by highlighting their contribution to feminism.

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Published

31-12-2020

How to Cite

Christafer, J. ., & Michael, D. C. C. . (2020). An Anatomy of the Collective Unconscious of Leading Women Writers. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(12), 67–76. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i12.10860