Exploring Animus in Women's Writing: Rereading the Borderland Writings of Mamang Dai with Reference to Jungian Psychology
Keywords:heroism, lack, animus, Borderlands, collective unconsciousness
Over the centuries, Women's Writings served greater purposes centering women celebrating their experiences, feminine nature, uniqueness, differences, and so on. Women writings are widely recognized as women writing about themselves, voicing out for her fellow women, addressing the society, articulating counter-narratives and critiquing women's status. Such narrative standpoints reveal the characteristics of women partly. The objective of the paper is to facilitate new possibilities of understanding women's writing as a whole.
A widespread indictment and a blunt confession made on women's writing is that it lacks the 'heroism' found in the writings of superior pen. To develop a defense against this charge, the paper proposes to reread women's writing through the lens of Jungian Psychology. The first phase of the paper puts forth the charges leveled against women's writing citing examples from writers randomly. The second phase evaluates the idea of heroism in literary sense with a brief interlude of C. G. Jung's 'collective consciousness'. The final phase of the paper draws Jung's concepts such as collective unconsciousness and animus from Jung's psychology to reread women's writing on the grounds of psychic phenomenon recounting evidences from Mamang Dai's borderland writings. The finding will provide a correct proposition to consolidate and appreciate women's writing as a whole
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