PROBLEMATIC OF THE NEW WOMAN IN MAHESH DATTANI'S SEVEN STEPS AROUND THE FIRE

Author Name : Somnath Paul
Volume : I, Issue :VIII,April - 2016
Published on : 2016-04-14 , By : IRJI Publication

Abstract :

Women are always defined in any patriarchal society in relation to men who are represented as the norm for the universal and the human. In a family women are perceived as carers, nurturers and childbearers. Women’s identity is examined, as Linda McDowell and Rosemary Pringle have said, as to whether "they are similar to men, masculinity and male behaviour" (McDowell & Pringle 3). This conventional practice of looking at women as dependent on and subordinate to men has resulted in the notion of women as 'Other'. The 'Other' indicates the eripheral position always occupied by woman within patriarchal and other masculinist cultures, which privilege, as Luce Irigaray has said, masculinity as selfsameness, or otherwise a signifier of presence, origin and meaning. This construction of 'Woman-as-Other' is crucially addressed by the concept of 'New Woman'.