Feminist Elements In The Fictional World Of Jane Austen And George Eliot

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Projection of Feminist Elements in the Fictional World of Jane Austen and George Eliot: A Note
Dr. S. Chelliah
Professor , Head & Chairperson
School of English & Foreign Languages
Madurai Kamaraj University,
Madurai – 21. (TN-IND)

An Abstract
This article is nothing but a critical evaluation for renowned writers like Jane Austen and George Eliot and the Feminist elements highlighted in their works with their feminine and defiant tone of expression, they left their indelible imprint on the annals of English fiction. In the light of feminist critical theory, it can be the proved that both the writers explored the unexplored sense of agony and complex solitude of women character. This article also throws light on the characters of both the writers, who have developed their self – identity with an optimistic prospect.

The term ’Feminism’ is defined by the Webster’s Dictionary as the principle which states that women should have political rights equal to those of men and the movement to win such rights for women and feminists were affected by contemporary scientific ideas about women, by the social conventions governing women’s behaviour, by moralistic and religious advice to women and the ways in which women were imagined in fiction Simone de Beauvoir remarks:

“The situation of women is that she – a free and autonomous being like all creatures – neverthless finds her living in a world where men compel

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