Postmodern Female Psyche in Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock
Keywords:Domestic space, expectations, marriage, struggle, quest, self- identity, identity-crisis.
In the 20th century, women’s writing was considered as a powerful medium of modernism and feminism. Woman writings were about the struggle to find an identity of their own. The last two decades have witnessed phenomenal success in this regard. Authors like Kamala Markandaya, Shashi Deshpande and Anita Desai have chosen problems and issues faced by the women in today’s male dominated world as the main themes of their books. A majority of the works of Indian women writers depict the psychological sufferings of the frustrated housewife and her search for self- identity. Indian women writers have voiced their stance as effective contributors to the society through their works. In themes they have explored the atrocities and maladies to which the dominion stratum has been giving a deaf ear. The present paper will analyze the female psyche and their quest for identity in Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock. Anita Desai is very genuine through her writings with greatest Indianness.
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