By Dimple Godiwala
Breaking the Bounds specializes in second-wave feminism as a rupture in an unbroken episteme of Western patriarchy analyzed in regards to British dramatic discourse. The theoretical framework is a family tree of patriarchy deploying and constructing Foucault’s principles on discourse to use to a deconstruction of Western patriarchy. An research of feminist drama texts is used to help the argument that Western patriarchy involves one unbroken episteme because the patriarchal impulse substrates the epistemological breaks indicated by means of Foucault. The theoretical textual content speaks of the twentieth-century feminist rupture from patriarchy, reading intimately the texts of 5 mainstream feminist dramatists who've effectively effected an intervention within the British grand récit of undeniably male dramatic discourse.
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Shange’s text uses the poetic speech rhythms of Black America which are influenced by jazz 18 Breaking the Bounds and rap and the blues, whilst Kay attempts to draw on similar traditions which seem surpassed by her own poetic talent which informs the songs. Her imagination is a poetical one, and the experimental format allows for the interplay of naturalistic dialogue with the music and the poetry. The four actors remain in character/s throughout as the themes of blackness and lesbian-ness are developed with some dexterity.
The disappearance of one positivity and the emergence of another implies several types of transformation’ and, when read as feminism’s rupture to patriarchy we see this is true as the changes in society wrought by the rise in women’s consciousness and their inclusion in the public space has affected several changes in the structure of the social body and its practices. Thus different elements of the system of patriarchy are transformed; the characteristic relations of the system undergo change; and the relations between different positivities also change.
The laterality and subtlety of Foucauldian analysis is apparent as he explicates shifts in discourse, lending himself easily to feminist interpretation. The network of discursive fields (substrated by the patriarchal impulse) has always contained points of resistance, but, prior to the movement seek- Patriarchy and the (Western) Patriarchal Impulse 7 ing the enfranchisement of women, these have been isolated: ‘the points, knots, or focuses of resistance are spread over time and space at varying den21 sities, at times mobilizing groups or individuals in a definitive way (…)’ It is in the twentieth-century that the ‘great radical rupture’ within the patriarchal system of formation gathers momentum.