“A Bunch of Grapes" : a reading of Lindsey Collen’s The Rape of Sita

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dc.contributor.advisor Soldati-Kahimbaara, Kulukazi en
dc.contributor.coadvisor Gray, Rosemary en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Gillman, Natalie B en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-07T14:33:03Z
dc.date.available 2007-11-12 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-07T14:33:03Z
dc.date.created 2006-10-09 en
dc.date.issued 2007-11-12 en
dc.date.submitted 2007-10-23 en
dc.description Dissertation (MA (English))--University of Pretoria, 2007. en
dc.description.abstract This feminist analysis addresses Lindsey Collen’s intertextual use of myth in The Rape of Sita and how her reformation of the parodied texts becomes a resistance to patriarchy. Collen’s examination of possible counteractions against patriarchy is analysed and it is determined whether or not she posits writing, especially demythologization, as the best resistance to patriarchal discourse. Also, her assertion that transformation and a unity of the sexes are needed to bring about equality is studied. The methodology used is qualitative and inductive. The sources are examined and interpreted through close-reading strategies which reveal the complexities of the text and the way in which Collen subverts myth. Classical and Hindu myths and other texts, such as T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, are re-read and re-examined to investigate to what extent they have challenged or championed patriarchal ideology, through which it is hoped that a greater understanding of the way in which mythology contributes to attitudes to rape is gained. Three other texts dealing with rape are also studied, in order to better place Collen’s novel in context of the genre. Primarily, feminist criticism, particularly with an African feminist viewpoint, is used. However, because a conflation of post-colonial and postmodern approaches is embedded within feminism, these concepts are dealt with also. Theorists drawn upon include Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Mircea Eliade and Margaret Atwood. en
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dc.description.degree MA
dc.description.department English en
dc.identifier.citation Gillman, NB 2007, “A Bunch of Grapes" : a reading of Lindsey Collen’s The Rape of Sita, MA Dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/28954>
dc.identifier.other Pretoria en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10232007-122406/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/28954
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © University of Pretor en
dc.subject Demythologization en
dc.subject Duff alan – once were warriors en
dc.subject Schuster anne – foolish delusions en
dc.subject Myth en
dc.subject Post-colonialism en
dc.subject Feminism en
dc.subject Intertextuality en
dc.subject The rape of lucretia en
dc.subject Rape en
dc.subject The ramayana en
dc.subject Shakespeare william – ‘the rape of lucrece’ en
dc.subject Androgyny en
dc.subject Remythologization en
dc.subject Coetzee j.m. - disgrace en
dc.subject Collen lindsey – the rape of sita en
dc.subject Eliot t.s. – the waste land en
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title “A Bunch of Grapes" : a reading of Lindsey Collen’s The Rape of Sita en
dc.type Dissertation en


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