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A Gynocritic Study of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey

Mohammad Tanvir Islam
Published February 2020

Abstract

This paper investigates the applicability of Elaine Showalter’s creative proposition of feminist criticism, gynocritics, in Rupi Kaur’s milk and honey. To that end, the paper tries to scrutinize the need of a text for writing about as well as on female experiences as demonstrated in the book. The researcher claims that the text exemplifies a complete and full use of the theory, which was established long before this work. The research is carried out in qualitative method, consulting the primary along with the secondary texts. It also posits the necessity of a language for a feminine text as used in Kaur’s work. It explores the book’s affinities with and the poet’s ideas of the common feminist concepts of the time by interpreting the sections of the book accordingly. In doing so, however, the researcher also tries to hint at the elements and features of contemporary poetry on the social-media platforms that contributed to the popularity of the book; therefore, it highlights the patterns of poetry and the trends or habits of the readers nowadays.

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