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Haroun and the Sea of the Stories Seminar
Transcript of Haroun and the Sea of the Stories Seminar
the male is dominating and rational
the female is passive, submissive and emotional Blabbermouth and Independence through Blabbermouth’s courageous actions, she proved females to be just as strong and intelligent as males, which earned herself a high position as a go-between for the Gup and Chup authorities Elaine Showalter: Feminism Theorist one of the first women to introduce the feminism theory
born on January 21, 1941
American literary critic feminist
born in Boston, Massachusetts
pursued an academic career against her parents Feminist Criticism: identifying a female characters role and concerns in a male dominating piece of literature Feminist Criticism Thesis The theory of feminism can be analyzed through the roles of various characters in Haroun and the Sea of the Stories by Salman Rushdie, as seen through the betrayal of Soraya, independence of Blabbermouth and Oneeta, and the equality between Goopy and Bagha. Origins of Theory & Key Points Gynocritic: define feminine content by many female writers Elaine Showalter:
A Literature of Their Own
Describes 3 stages of literature
Androgynist Elaine Showalter: Feminism Theorist earned a masters degree at Branders University
earned a Ph.D at Rutgers University
joined the Princeton faculty in 1970
at 21 Elaine was disowned from her family because she married outside of her Jewish faith
Elaines husband is a professor at Yale for 18th century French literature
Inventing Herself (2001): a book about a survey of feminist icons involving feminist tradition portrays betrayal by leaving Haroun and Rashid for Mr. Sengupta " Haroun's mother, Soraya, had run off with Mr. Sengupta."
(Rushdie 21) in society, it is stereotypical for the male to leave the female and not the female to leave the male this can be related to many relationships that occur in real life Soraya and Equality the relationship between Soraya and Rashid display a balance between the presence of man and women "His fathers ready laughter and his mothers sweet voice raised in song" (Rushdie 15) Contrasting Feminism with Princess Batcheat plays the role of the damsel in distress Contrasting Feminism with Princess Batcheat the helplessness of Princess Batcheat progresses throughout the book even after she is saved Works Cited "Feminist Theory -- An Overview." Feminist Theory -- An Overview. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. <http://www.victorianweb.org/gender/femtheory.html> first portrayed as upset because of her loss "Miss Oneeta was standing on her balcony, shaking like a jelly; and if it hadn’t been raining, Haroun might have noticed that she was crying." (Rushdie 21) Miss Oneeta and Independence however, Miss Oneeta moves on quickly afterwards "No more Mr. Sengupta for me! From today, call me Miss Oneeta only!" (Rushdie 23) Miss Oneeta and Rashid both loose someone very special to them, however Rashid seems more traumatized by the event "Rashid Kalifa stood up in front of a huge audience, opened his mouth and found that he had run out of stories to tell." (Rushdie 22) Women on the Bus to the Valley of K the women on the bus defend their husbands "So what? For so long she has been shouting-shouting in my husband's goodear, so why should not he lodge complaint? See her, the dirty skinnybones. Is she a woman or a muddy stick?" (Rushdie 36-37) people usually feel that men should always be defending women displays an act of independence "'Plentimaw Fishes always go in two's,' Butt added without moving its beak. 'They are faithful to partners for life. To express this perfect union they speak, only and always, in rhyme.'" Miss Oneeta and Independence people usually assume that women are needy, helpless and over reliant towards their husbands shows that she can succeed on her own without the support of anyone else, while Rashid struggles to cope without Soraya in a predominantly male impelling society people like Miss Oneeta rebel against the stereotypical belief about women being over dependent on men the Plenimaw Fish always speak in pairs and rhyme with each other and therefore resemble a relationship of equality contradictory to the characters Miss Oneeta, Soraya, and Blabbermouth they are independent and fearless, while the princess on the other hand, portrays helplessness and panic "They have seized her, my Batcheat, my princess. They will pay for this." (Rushdie 90) "Princess Batcheat had survived her imprisonment unharmed, although her fear of having her mouth sewn up had left her with a hatred of needles that would last her whole life… Everyone decided to forget how incredibly idiotic Batcheat had been to get herself captured in the first place" (Rushdie 192) acting this way women seem to see themselves labeled as powerless which makes men constantly seem like heroes Blabbermouth is a strong, courageous, and an intelligent feminist – as she believes that girls are capable of doing just as much as boys can Blabbermouth and Independence Blabbermouth becomes a female hero, who saves Guppee’s highest male commanders from a suicide bomber who tricked Prince Bolo into allowing him to juggle for them, thus saving Gup from an early defeat “’Tricking you isn’t exactly difficult, excuse me […] Jugglers can do it, so why not girls?” (Rushdie 183) Price Bolo Grew more furious and fired her from the Gup army, however Mudra the Shadow Warrior responded in appraisal “If Prince Bolo has no further need of so courageous a page, then perhaps Miss Blabbermouth would care work for me?” “You think it’s easy for a girl to get a like this? Don’t you know girls have to fool people every day of their lives if they want to get anywhere? You probably had your whole life handed to you on a plate, probably got a whole mouth full of silver spoons, but some of us have to fight” (Rushdie, 107) this quote shows that Blabbermouth was an independent woman also that she wanted to be treated rightfully and respected as much as men are in society Blabbermouth and Independence "‘Blabbermouth shrugged, caught up all her golden balls, and tucked them away in her pockets, “I don’t know anything about that” she said, “I just wanted you to know who you were dealing with here”’ (Rushdie 109) In this quote it’s shown that Blabbermouth is not afraid of men "Feminist Criticism." N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. <http://www.library.utoronto.ca/utel/glossary/Feminist_criticism.html> Haase, Donald. Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2004. Print. "Elaine Showalter." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 28 Feb. 2013. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Showalter>