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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


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.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Female solidarity; Lesbian-feminist approach; Sarah Daniels; Coming out; Pre-oedipal bonding; Psychoanalysis; Female bonding; Lesbianism; British playwright
Depositing User: Nur Izyan Mohd Zaki
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2009 01:01
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015 04:02
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/3510
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