‘The Subjection of Women’ in ‘A Doll’s House’

  • Shubham Joshi


This research paper endeavours to provide a combined and intertextual analysis of the lives and principal works of two of the most important writers of the Victorian era, John Stuart Mill and Henrik Ibsen. The two men have largely influenced the modern outlook towards feminism and the representation of women in literature as well as the real world. Mill’s ‘The Subjection of Women’ is hailed as an exemplary text in the formulation of the tenets of liberal feminism. In the same way, Ibsen’s play, ‘A Doll’s House’, is often thought to be revolutionary for being the first in its representation of a feminist woman on stage. This paper attempts to study Ibsen’s play using the feminist framework provided by Mill. In doing so, it seeks to highlight and inspire men aligned toward equality for women.


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Shubham Joshi

Shubham Joshi is an Assistant Professor and Ph.D. research scholar based out of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. He has been doing research work since 2018. His preferred field of research involves English literature and American literature. As a research scholar and a student of literature, Joshi works on various texts with the help of critical analysis and literary criticism. He considers himself a devout student of Beauvoir, Yeats, Shakespeare, Kafka, Camus, and Wollstonecraft.

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