Gendered Narratives

Mandakranta Bose

in The Ramayana Revisited

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168327
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835362 | DOI:
 Gendered Narratives

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This chapter examines the relationship between ideology and narrative design in the Sundarakanda of Valmiki's Rāmāyana, where the representation of gender and space is examined to show how they affect the narrative structure of the epic. Taking as examples Hanumān's heroic leap toward Lamaznka and his encounters with various figures, primarily Surasa and Sikhika, on the way, it is shown that the episode is an intentionally gendered narrative vital to the structural integrity of the kanda. The physical space in which the various episodes of the epic are set is systematically marked with gender attributes, and this marking is systematic, intentional, and necessary for the internal logic of the narrative.

Keywords: Sundarakanda; Valmiki; Rāmāyana; gender; space

Chapter.  18791 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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