Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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The Dysfunctional Women in Mary Gordon's
The Other Side

Raichel M. Sylus, M. A., M. Phil.

Women's Literature and Women's Interior Journey

Mary Gordon is a powerful novelist who vividly recapitulates, vehemently portrays, and complies with women of her era in all aspects. She was the 2008 New York State Author.

Women's literature is not just literature written by women about women, "it should deal with women's experience from within" (345) says Elizabeth Janeway in an essay on 'Women's Literature' in Harvard Guide to Contemporary American Writing.

The "interior journey" that a woman undertakes is different from those of men. Amidst all these cacophonies, she is all the more entangled in the webs of powerlessness, victimization, failure to love and failure in being loved, loneliness, longing, defeat and alienation as a process of her interior journey.

This turns the individuals and the family to be disoriented. It is this assigned status to women that Gordon talks about in this novel, The Other Side,how the families are non-harmonious because of women. The bourgeois family reframes the primary identity of a woman. The discrimination, acknowledgement, power, freedom and understanding start from the four walls of the family.

The Other Side

Mary Gordon's fourth novel The Other Side is nothing out of the ordinary.Yet it stands apart. It is a narrative in 5 parts where the action takes place within a limited time span of one day - August 14, 1985.

Gordon uses the flashback technique to portray the lives of four generations of the MacNamaras.

The entire family is gathered together in one place to bid eternal goodbye to the aging Ellen. The paper takes into account only the women characters for its study. In one sweep, she delves deep into the recesses of the Irish immigrants, Catholic women, misery, failure and victimization of the women characters. Gordon was living under the restrictions of a strict Catholic background, but does not present any solutions for her fellow women. She describes their plight, thereby giving voice to her own frustrations.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf, Powers and Jane Austen, she has etched herself as a woman novelist, not of the Victorian era but of the present age.

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Raichel M. Sylus, M. A., M. Phil.
Department of English
Avinashilingam University for Women
Coimbatore - 641 043
Tamil Nadu, India

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