The New Woman and Her Doomed Fate in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure and Kate Chopin’s the Awakening

IMPACT: International Journal of Research in Humanities, Arts and Literature (IMPACT: IJRHAL) ISSN (P): 2347-4564; ISSN (E): 2321-8878 Vol. 6, Issue 2, Feb 2018, 195-200

6 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2018

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Aparna Bhatt

University of Delhi - Deshbandhu College

Date Written: March 3, 2018

Abstract

My paper draws a parallel between the female protagonists of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening against the backdrop of the political, social and cultural changes that were brewing on both the sides of the Atlantic in the very prolific nineteenth century. This was the time when certain amount of female consciousness was on the rise both in fiction and in the real world and the idea of a 'New Woman' as a social, political and sexual being was gaining currency. However, this ‘awakening’ came with its own perils and limitations. My paper uses Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure and Kate Chopins’ The Awakening to compare, contrast and anyalyze this.

Keywords: New Woman, Institution of Marriage, Patriarchy, Female Consciousness

Suggested Citation

Bhatt, Aparna, The New Woman and Her Doomed Fate in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure and Kate Chopin’s the Awakening (March 3, 2018). IMPACT: International Journal of Research in Humanities, Arts and Literature (IMPACT: IJRHAL) ISSN (P): 2347-4564; ISSN (E): 2321-8878 Vol. 6, Issue 2, Feb 2018, 195-200. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3133518

Aparna Bhatt (Contact Author)

University of Delhi - Deshbandhu College ( email )

#236 kanhaiyya newas Pal chowk gur mandi Vijay Nag
New Delhi, Delhi 110007
India

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