Females in Fetters: The Patriarchal World in Catherine Lim' S Selected Works

Ong, Siok Hong (2001) Females in Fetters: The Patriarchal World in Catherine Lim' S Selected Works. Masters thesis, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

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This research seeks to explore the feminist views that filter through Catherine Lim's selected works: a collection of short stories and two novels. They capture the essence of feminism when she focuses on the dominant motif of servitude, suffering and subordination of women. Her abject stories of female suffering indicate her belief that women are the objects of oppression while men are the dominating subjects. She portrays women as victims of masculine power and authority. Much has been written by men on the representation of women in various texts. Therefore, it is refreshing to read texts written from a woman's perspective. Catherine Lim's creativity expresses the female experience, indicating her understanding of the emotions and struggles of women who are silenced, marginalised, and imprisoned in a patriarchal world. Her works deal with a wide range of issues: gender, class and culture, giving special focus on traditional Chinese society. Women are the losers, and the maids in bondage. In my opinion, Lim's feminist stance parallels those of leading feminists such as Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir and Kate Millett. This study offers a fascinating understanding of her narratives as a platform for social comment.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Subject:Malaysian literature (English) - Case studies
Chairman Supervisor:Associate Professor Mohammad A. Quayum, PhD
Call Number:FBMK 2001 3
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
ID Code:9934
Deposited By: Nur Kamila Ramli
Deposited On:25 Feb 2011 07:39
Last Modified:25 Feb 2011 07:40

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