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Mythopoeic Renderings of Kavita Kane : A Glimpse from a Feminist Perspective

Author(s) B. Gnanam, G. Kalvikkarasi
Country India
Abstract This paper focusses on the mythopoeic renderings of the contemporary Indian feminist writer Kavita Kane who through her novels like Lanka’s Princess, Menaka’s Choice and Ahalya’s Awakening provide the readers with a fresh and different perspective. It analyses how the afore mentioned writer recreates female characters in such a way that they evoke sympathy and respect in contrast to the epic narratives wherein their voices are feebly heard and are generally derided, denounced and cursed. It examines how the writer through her retellings turn the vilified Shurpanakha into Lanka’s Princess, the seductress Menaka into a woman of love and compassion and the cursed Ahalya into a warm human being replete with human emotions. Looking at them from a feminist, subverted perspective of Kavita Kane, these negative characters are imbued with an outlook of acceptability – Shurpanakha is not as vicious as she seems to be, Menaka is not as lecherous as she is perceived and Ahalya is not as philandering as she is generally portrayed. In the prevalent myths concerning these women, their actions are viewed through the glasses of patriarchy. But in the subverted portrayal of Kavita Kane, they strike as individuals longing for love. Any misdemeanor on their parts is not without a reason.
Keywords Mythopoeia, Shurpanakha, Menaka, Ahalya, Feminism, Perspective, subverted portrayal
Field Sociology > Linguistic / Literature
Published In Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024
Published On 2024-01-23
Cite This Mythopoeic Renderings of Kavita Kane : A Glimpse from a Feminist Perspective - B. Gnanam, G. Kalvikkarasi - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i01.12341
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