BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Fall 2018

Date of Submission



Palvashay Sethi, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


Themes of resistance by women and disillusionment within marriage, along with the portrayal of physical and emotional violence within this institution, are prevalent in the 20th century short stories by female writers, across cultures and languages. These themes are best understood by the representation and characterization of these female characters by the respective authors.

In my project, I will attempt to conduct a comparative analysis of the short stories of two writers, Katherine Mansfield with the work of Rashid Jahan, paying close attention to how these themes resonate similarly in both these writers’ works, yet are also culturally specific. I believe that comparing and contrasting these texts can aid an understanding of unhappy marriages and how this situation was dealt with, by the respective characters in the stories.

Some of the broader themes and concepts I wish to address and define are those of active and passive resistance (small acts of refusal to give in to societal expectations or those expected in the roles of a wife or mother) by women, particularly in the context of marriage, along with their disillusionment with the institution of marriage. Furthermore, I aim to link this to the idea of both emotional and physical violence against women, where their bodies and emotions are violated. In turn, their relation to their children as largely distant as a result of this dissatisfaction will also be addressed.



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