How are the roles of men and women portrayed in the novels?


  • Dr. Sapana Sharma



Gynocriticism offers a novel perspective on the literary history of women and explores their unique contributions in contrast to the predominantly male-dominated literary canon. Elaine Showalter is a prominent advocate of this critical approach, which prioritises the examination of the development of women's writing in relation to the female experience, as well as novel perspectives on gender roles within literature. The present article centres on the portrayal of gender in literature during the 1990s. This particular decade, as per Showalter, is significant not only in terms of women's endeavours to gain recognition in the literary sphere, but also as a period of flourishing post-feminism. Contemporary female writers, namely Sarah Waters, Ann Beattie, and Gloria Cigman, have been noted for their literary works that bear resemblance to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper. This insightful narrative portrays the theme of female confinement, which took several years to gain recognition but has since become a distinctive metaphor of the evolving women's literary tradition.




How to Cite

Dr. Sapana Sharma. (2023). How are the roles of men and women portrayed in the novels?. International Journal of Cultural Inheritance & Social Sciences ISSN: 2632-7597, 5(9), 213–223. Retrieved from