Subverting Gender in Laxmi Raj Sharma’s ‘Intriguing Women’

Authors

  • Kaustubh Mishra

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i1.10886

Keywords:

Feminism, Ideology, Subversion, Women, Gender-Roles

Abstract

This paper close reads the short story collection Intriguing Women by Laxmi Raj Sharma to explicate upon the theme of ideological subversion within it. Sharma deploys his female characters as agents of destabilisation that assert their own identity and thus question the dominant social constructs. In doing this, these characters raise questions about the ruling ideology and its established norms of behavior, selfhood and performance. While Sharma’s usage of motifs and structural forms makes the stories works of art, the actions of his characters make them didactic and pushes the readers towards questioning some of their fundamental assumptions.

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Kaustubh Mishra

This paper close reads the short story collection Intriguing Women by Laxmi Raj Sharma to explicate upon the theme of ideological subversion within it. Sharma deploys his female characters as agents of destabilisation that assert their own identity and thus question the dominant social constructs. In doing this, these characters raise questions about the ruling ideology and its established norms of behavior, selfhood and performance. While Sharma’s usage of motifs and structural forms makes the stories works of art, the actions of his characters make them didactic and pushes the readers towards questioning some of their fundamental assumptions.

References

Bartky, Sandra Lee. “Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power.” Feminism and Foucault: Reflections on Resistance, eds. Irene Diamond and Lee Quinby, Northeastern UP, 1988. Print.

Hooks, Bell. Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics. South End P. 2000. Print.

MacKinnon, Catherine. “Feminism, Marxism, Method, and the State: An Agenda for Theory.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1982, pp. 515-544, www.jstor.org/stable/3173853. Accessed 10 March 2017. Web.

Sharma, Laxmi Raj. Intriguing Women. The Paris Press, 2016. Print.

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Published

28-01-2021

How to Cite

Mishra, K. . (2021). Subverting Gender in Laxmi Raj Sharma’s ‘Intriguing Women’. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(1), 136–145. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i1.10886