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Exploring Women’s Place and Subjectivity Formation in the Novels of Arundhati Roy: A Comparative Analysis of The God of Small Things and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. | Original Article

Sharda Singh Gaur*, Uma Shankar Yadav, in Journal of Advances and Scholarly Researches in Allied Education | Multidisciplinary Academic Research


This comparative analysis delves into the intricate narratives of Arundhati Roy's celebrated novels, The God of Small Things and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, with a focused exploration of women's place and subjectivity formation within these literary landscapes. It underscores the significance of delving into women's place and subjectivity within her works, considering the broader context of gender dynamics in society. Employing feminist literary criticism as its foundation, this research investigates how women characters are portrayed, their societal roles, limitations, and how the settings influence their subjectivity. It emphasizes the significance of intersectionality in analyzing women's experiences, encompassing factors such as race, class, and other intersecting identities. It delves into the role of history, memory, and landscape in shaping women's identities and experiences within these narratives. Furthermore, the analysis examines how patriarchal ideologies are depicted and resisted in both novels, shedding light on the nuanced ways in which gender dynamics are challenged. It synthesizes findings from the comparative analysis, offering key insights into women's place and subjectivity in Arundhati Roy's works. This research contributes to the understanding of Arundhati Roy's literary contributions, feminist literary theories, and the broader discourse on gender dynamics in literature.