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Title: Towards a taxonomy of masculinities: Mapping hegemonic and alternative masculine practices in shashi deshpande's the dark holds no terror and that long silence
Authors: Gunwant S.
Gaur R.
Published in: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Abstract: This paper reads two early novels of Shashi Deshpande and maps the ways in which traditional and new alternative masculinities find juxtaposition in the chosen texts. Although Shashi Deshpande is regularly posited as an author of progressive feminist politics, whose fictions present a subjugated femininity under the oppression of a unitary and oppressive masculinity; this reading, however, complicates this position by exploring diverse and contradictory embodiments of manhood in her works. In so doing, this study submits that the presence of supportive or caring masculinities militates against the popular notion of a singular, oppressive and homogenous masculinity and problematizes the notion of pervasive and universal patriarchy. However, these caring or testicular masculinities do not find much textual endorsement. On the contrary, it is the traditional/ patriarchal masculinities that retain their dominance, which allows us to expose the novels' unconscious support of the status quo. © AesthetixMS 2016.
Citation: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (2016), 8(3): 193-201
URI: https://doi.org/10.21659/rupkatha.v8n3.20
http://repository.iitr.ac.in/handle/123456789/8853
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Tarun Tapas Mukherjee
Keywords: Gender
Masculinities
Shashi Deshpande
ISSN: 9752935
Author Scopus IDs: 57192713119
57192711031
Author Affiliations: Gunwant, S., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee, India
Gaur, R., Department of English and Cultural Studies, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee, India
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