FEMININE VISIBILITY IN A MYTHOLOGICAL CONTEXT OF CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI’S THE PALACE OF ILLUSIONS
Keywords:Feminism, Indian Female Culture, Mahabharata, Women, Criticism, Male Dominance
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni an Indo-American author, works as a professor of English in the University of Houston. She is also a co-founder and former president of a helpline for South Asian women. She involves herself eagerly as a volunteer at women’s center at Berkeley and assists battered women through the organization. MAITRI, the organization was begun in 1991 by her with the help of a group of friends. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni an expatriate writer, pictures Indian womanhood how they are treated by men in their lives. An explicit attempt to retell the epic in novel form is Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions which will be analyzed in the following. The present paper analyzes how women is treated by male as a lifeless thing in the novel. This study is an attempt to illustrate how revisionist mythmaking is a feminist endeavor to revalue the experiences of women in patriarchy and redefine women from feminist perspectives.
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