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Scholarly Article

Udita Banerjee

Interrogating the Representation of Toxic Masculinity in A Death in the Gunj

Volume
3
Issue
1
Pages:
92-105
Keywords:

Toxic Masculinity, Culture, Film, Sexuality, Performativity

Abstract

This paper delves into the complex paradigm of toxic masculinity as presented in the movie A Death in the Gunj. It describes how darkness and hopelessness envelopes the life of a young boy who cannot cope up with the 'manly' world around him and feels alienated and how his tormentors seek sadist pleasure out of his agony. My paper seeks to interrogate the prevalent idioms of masculinity and sexuality with reference to Judith Butler's theory of performativity and Foucault's theory of sexuality, thereby exploring the alterations that take place theoretically and in praxis and their representation in history, fiction and popular culture.

About the Author

Udita Banerjee is an M.Phil Research Scholar at the Department of English & Culture

Studies, the University of Burdwan. She may be contacted at banerjeeudita@yahoo.in.

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