Women’s Struggle for Identity in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day

By Marjan Heidari, Mina Abbasiyannejad and Ashkan Shobeiri.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In her novel Clear Light of Day, Anita Desai portrays Indian women as marginalized characters facing challenges and burdens imposed by patriarchal society. They resemble colonial subjects whose lives are fractured. Among the female characters Bim, Tara, their mother and Aunt Mira, all are subordinated by a male-dominant culture which underestimates female subjectivity. This paper illustrates how these women manage their precarious situation and stand up to a society controlled by men. This study reflects on these women’s lives to see how they find different ways to assert their existence. One way in which these female characters survive is by entering male dominated society and adopting their language and culture. As these women are unable to improve their circumstances, they struggle to establish their own identity using the oppressor’s language and culture.

Keywords: Marginalized Women, Patriarchal Society, Hybridity

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.31-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 903.931KB).

Marjan Heidari

PhD Student in English Literature, University Putra Malaysia, Kuala lumpur, Serdang, Malaysia

Postgraduate Student Researcher, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. I received my B.A in English Literature from Allame Tabatabaei University (Iran), and my M.A in English Literature from Azad University Central Branch (Tehran, Iran). I am currently a PhD student in University Putra Malaysia.

Mina Abbasiyannejad

PhD Student in English Literature, University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Serdang, Malaysia

Postgraduate Student Researcher, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. I received my B.A in English Literature from Persian Gulf University (Booshehr), and my M.A from Shiraz University (Iran). I am currently a PhD student in University Putra Malaysia.

Dr Ashkan Shobeiri

Postgraduate Researcher, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ashkan Shobeiri is a graduate of Azad Universities of Roodehen and Karaj, Iran in the field of English Literature. His M.A. research was on Determinism and Tragic Elements in Edith Wharton’s Major Novels. He is a graduate research assistant at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, UPM and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in English Literature on Absurdism in Selected Works by Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett.

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