Theatre as a Platform for Consciousness Raising in Sarah Daniels’s Play The Devil’s Gateway

By Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya, Arbaayah Ali Termizi and Emily Abd Rahman.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Sarah Daniels’s emphasis on the consciousness raising of women and women’s relationships with each other in most of her plays reflects the contemporary women’s movement of the 1980s. The exploration of female relationships in her play The Devil’s Gateway offers the study of the mother-daughter relationship that is usually neglected in plays written by men. The findings clearly show that Daniels seems to favour a radical approach to patriarchal power which exists in the structures of male dominance in family as well as society as a whole. Daniels has chosen to magnify female characters at the expense of the male ones. The female characters reject the patriarchal structure that has oppressed and ignored them: they form a new model of female unity: matriarchal association. This association, enhanced by the image of the women’s imminent unity with the protesters at Greenham Common, shows that the needs for feminist equity can be satisfied.

Keywords: Female Solidarity, Feminist Theatre, Patriarchy

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.81-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.274MB).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature in the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia. She is involved in several researches dealing with literature & culture, psychoanalysis & literature, literature in ESL, and diasporic literature.

Dr. Arbaayah Ali Termizi

Senior Lecturer, English Language Department, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Arbaayah Ali Termizi (PhD) is currently a senior lecturer with the English Department of Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia. Her main research interest lies in areas related to Shakespeare’s studies particularly in the illustrations of texts and staging aspects of the plays. In addition she is also interested in studies related to incorporating the art of drama performances in the teaching of Shakespeare’s texts.

Emily Abd Rahman

Student Researcher, School of Arts, Languages and Literacies,, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Emily Abd Rahman is a research student in the School of Arts, Languages and Literacies, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. She is interested in the application of western theories to literary genres such as novels, drama and poems.

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