From sight to touch: Female identity in Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney

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Abstract

Female characters are often foils in Brian Friel's plays. However, Friel's Molly Sweeney (1994) focuses on women's central problem--the question of female identity. Although much has been examined regarding national identity, history, religion, emigration, and translation in Friel's works, issues relevant to women and female identity are less addressed. This paper discusses female identity and difference in Friel's Molly Sweeney via French feminist theories, exploring the extent to which women can move towards a position outside and beyond the male logocentric logic of A and B, a position of otherness or difference. Copyright © 2020 Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute, India.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-45
JournalJournal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
Volume43
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Citation

Chang, H. (2020). From sight to touch: Female identity in Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, 43(3), 34-45.

Keywords

  • Irish women
  • Identity
  • Difference
  • Brian Friel
  • Molly Sweeney

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