HE to he: Defeated Phallus in Rokeya's Sultana's Dream

Abdullah Al Mamun

HE to he: Defeated Phallus in Rokeya's Sultana's Dream

Keywords : phallus, vagina, power


Hailed as one of the early feminist science fictions, Begum Rokeya’s Sultana’s Dream (1905) advocates women’s secret desire to be on equal footage with man. Accordingly, the narrator, Sultana envisages a gynocratic land that materializes a utopian scheme: female kind receives freedom and security. The “dream” magnifies women’s authority in such a way that not only are the patriarchal rules and male-constructed ideas subverted but male control on the literal and symbolic levels are also resisted. The phallic power is deactivated to such an extent that phallus and its symbols appear to be showy puppets waiting to be completely dysfunctional under the canopy of female power. Through textual analysis, this paper aims to decode the metaphorical symbol of defeated phallus under the canopy of gynocentric power in this novella so as to expose different dimension of Rokeya’s writing.


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