Crossing Boundaries Andcreating Space In Alice Munro'S Who Do You Think You Are

Neha Agarwal, Dr. Prakash Bhadury
2016 Zenodo  
'Who Do You Think You Are'isacclaimed as the best critical book of Munro's career andis awarded with Governor General's award, Canada highest literary prize. The title of the book itself refers tothe question of identity. In Munro's earlier work, the search for identity is limited to the social milieu, where protagonists struggle against stereotypical gender norms to assert their own identity but this collection of short story reflects the battle of identity that isfoughtwithin the self and
more » ... in the self and hence become a psychological struggle. Munro goes beyond the tradition of bildungsroman as a genre which explores the growing up of a male hero. She denies the chronological progression as in a conventional bildungsroman in order to explore the unequal opportunities and the power struggle of growing up of female protagonist so that she could realizeher true self.Thus, a full and far-reaching portrayal of female life and creativity is centered through Rose's life with a candid attitude. Through the unfolding of the stories, we find an unapologetic insight into human behavior what turns out for Rose's search for space in society. Hence, this paper endeavors to explore various elements of the protagonist's struggle to find and shape her own identity; how she deniesbeing a puppet in the hands of others overstepping societal boundaries only to create space and a distinct identity thereupon in this patriarchal world.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.167107 fatcat:rj32si5zpbh47fuqssgtbclzku