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Femininity and Subversive Mimicry in Edward Albee’s Plays and Beyond

  • Mona Hoorvash
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought book series (PSPMT)

Abstract

In This Sex Which Is Not One, Luce Irigaray proposes one of the most effective and interesting feminist strategies yet. She asserts, ‘there is, in an initial phase, perhaps only one “path”, the one historically assigned to the feminine, that of mimicry. One must assume the feminine role deliberately’ (p. 76). In this chapter, I hope to demonstrate how the feminine characters in certain plays written by the American playwright, Edward Albee, correspond to Irigaray’s demand. These fictional women gradually learn to play their ‘feminine role deliberately’ and, from one play to another, manage to excel in the art of subversive mimicry.

Keywords

Dominant Discourse Totalitarian Regime Academic Woman Feminine Role Feminine Gender Role 
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