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Relationships between women in Sarah Daniels' play "Neaptide"

Wan Yahya, Wan Roselezam (2005) Relationships between women in Sarah Daniels' play "Neaptide". Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 13 (1). pp. 67-82. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534

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This paper is an exploration of female relationships using feminist and psychoanalytic approaches in reading a British play "Neaptide." The findings provide us a unique way of explaining the bondage between mother-daughter relationships, and it also tells us that in the play "Neaptide" Sarah Daniels offers a positive future to her two female protagonists because both have been rescued by their mother Joyce. Daniels uses the Demeter-Persephone myth to illustrate the limited choices that her female character Joyce has in handling her family crisis. Like Demeter,Joyce keeps her family together by delivering them from male domination: Val from her unhappy marriage with Colin, and Claire and Poppy from the devious and ruthless Lawrence. Claire's bold and honest public confession of herself as a lesbian has clearly entailed suffering and sacrifice. However, Joyce has made the right decision to help both her daughters to get out of their predicaments.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Female solidarity; Lesbian-feminist approach; Sarah Daniels; Coming out; Pre-oedipal bonding; Psychoanalysis; Female bonding; Lesbianism; British playwright
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher:Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
ID Code:3510
Deposited By: Nur Izyan Mohd Zaki
Deposited On:30 Nov 2009 09:01
Last Modified:14 Sep 2015 12:02

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