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Kakanaeini F. Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing: A Saga of Identity Crisis. MLSJ. 2017; 3 (1) :1-8
URL: http://mls.europeansp.org/article-19-195-en.html
Department of English, Payame Noor University, 19395-4697 Tehran, I.R. of Iran
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This paper attempts to examine the dilemma of white woman colonizer who oscillates between patriarchal colonial code meant for women and their self-identity. The Grass Is Singing showcases myriad feministic issues like subjugation of women, male hegemony, disagreement with feminine roles, women as sexual objects and fragmentation. Lessing highlights through her novel the pathetic facet of female protagonist who is trapped in female roles which suggest them a conventional code of conduct, shaped by colonial experience. Lessing by depicting her protagonist in a particular British colonial society artistically reveals her identity is negotiated and constructed by the social and behavioral expectations, developed through her racial role as a white woman colonizer and her gender role as a woman colonized in a patriarchal society. I will discuss how the intersection of gender, class and race leads to Mary’s fragmentation and loss of identity and at the end dooms her to death because of the same sexual and ideological factors, rooted in her family and culture.
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Type of Study: Research |
Received: 2019/08/8 | Accepted: 2019/08/8 | Published: 2019/08/8

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