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DOI: 10.4704/nq.2022.20.14.NQ88005

Retroversion Of Self To Other: An Overview Of Austen’s Pride And Prejudice Prejudice And Morrison’sBeloved

Mahmoda Khaton Siddika

Abstract

The paper explores the retroversion of 'self' to 'other' in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Toni Morrison's Beloved out of feminist philosophy. The feminist philosopher advocates the ‘self' of woman, practised in reality out of the definition of the 'subject,' man. The woman self as an independent and rational being is denied in reality, but some feminist philosophers endeavour to establish women with 'self’ identity though some argue this view. They highlight the fact of women as 'other’ that Simone de Beauvoir addresses. Moreover, Pride and Prejudice and Beloved are radical literary texts of two female writers which can be analyzed in multi-layered ways. In these two novels, Austen in Pride and Prejudice views Elizabeth as the equivocal voice of a woman having the intelligence and understanding power to create a place in society. Besides, Morrison in Beloved presents Sethe holding the capacity of being independent in her life, who has to be turned into a woman of inferior identity. However, this study probes whether Elizabeth as ‘self’ retroverts to Sethe as 'other’ based on the feminist concept of 'self ‘and 'other'.

Keywords

Self, Other, Pride and Prejudice, Beloved, Simone de Beauvoir

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