RECONSTRUCTING THE 'OTHER': REVISIONARY MYTHMAKING IN DIVAKARUNI'S SISTER OF MY HEART

Aparupa Mookherjee, West Bengal, India
2014 An International Refereed e-Journal of Literary Explorations November   unpublished
In The Resisting Reader : A Feminist approach to American Literature , Judith Fetterley emphasizes the need to resist the male bias and othering tendencies in the American male literary canon. She implores women to "be a resisting reader rather than an assenting reader". She advocates a revisionary re-reading of texts to expose the androcentric ideology embedded in the works of male writers. Hence many women writers across the globe have undertaken to re-read and rewrite myths and fairy tales
more » ... s and fairy tales which (according to feminists) serve to perpetuate and promote an assymetrical relationship between men and women. The strategy of re-ideologizing has been successfully employed by a host of post-modern and post-colonial writers including Margaret Atwood , Marina Warner , Ann Sexton and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This paper seeks to examine how the revisionary framework in Divakaruni's Sister of My Heart helps to foreground a reality so far ignored by male hegemony. Divakaruni's ardent attempt at redefining the female identity and correcting the constructed "images of what women have collectively and historically suffered" can be deciphered in the narrative. The paper intends to study the means employed by the author to subvert the various patriarchal myths in order to centralize the female experiences and sensibilities.
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