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Servicio de Publicaciones en-US The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies 1137-005X <p>Authors who publish with this journal agree to retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creative Commons Attribution License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. Also, authors will retain the rights on their work, even if they will be granting&nbsp;<em>The Grove. Working Papers on English Studies</em>&nbsp;a non-exclusive right of use to reproduce, edit, distribute, publicly communicate and show their work. Therefore, authors are free to engage in additional, independent contracts for non-exclusive distribution of the works published in this journal (such as uploading them to an institutional repository or publishing them in a book), as long as the fact that the manuscripts were first published in this journal is acknowledged.</p> Foreword Leticia de la Paz Copyright (c) 2023 Leticia de la Paz 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 1 2 The Desired Movement: Migration and Tourism in Almería: Reflections about Contemporaneity in “The Lazy River” (2017) by Zadie Smith <p>This article explores the main topics in Zadie Smith's short story “The Lazy River” (2017). From the perspective of a tourist, Smith constructs the narrative spaces to define her own identity as British and to explore the political and socioeconomic reality of her country and of Almería, the place she chooses as a tourist destination. In particular, this article aims to elucidate how the movement of people, represented through tourism and migration, appears in Zadie Smith's short story and how her reflections lead the reader to focus on the differences in these displacements and the conceptions that space entails, in both cases, for the construction of the other. In the same way, we intend to illustrate the way in which statism and the absence of movement is reflected as a starting point for reflection on the issues of life in the 21st century.</p> Antonio Acosta Sánchez Copyright (c) 2023 Antonio Acosta Sánchez 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 3 16 10.17561/grove.v30.8038 Subverting Patriarchal Narratives: Exploring Bhyrappa's Depiction of Sita Through Historiographic Metafiction <p>The Ramayana, the ancient Hindu epic, has been retold and rewritten in various narrative forms by numerous writers from different countries. It has a global appeal that has inspired authors worldwide to create unique Ramayanas. Among these recreations, Bhyrappa's <em>Uttarakaanda</em> stands out with its multiple story views. This research paper, titled “Subverting Patriarchal Narratives: Exploring Bhyrappa’s Depiction of Sita Through Historiographic Metafiction,” delves into the author's methods of retelling the age-old narrative. The present study utilizes the conceptual frameworks of postmodernism, with a particular emphasis on historiographic metafiction. By delving into the deconstruction of grand narratives and questioning traditional elements that impede women's rights, the article aims to shed light on important thematic concerns. Specifically, the primary focus of this research lies in the analysis of the author's work titled 'Sitayana,' where the narrative spotlight is shifted from Rama to Sita. Through a meticulous examination of the author's adept incorporation of alternative perspectives, the paper explores how this approach resonates with both Indian literature and its readership. Moreover, the article critically engages with the power dynamics that influenced Rama's actions and shaped his understanding of dharma.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Anjana S Savitha A R Copyright (c) 2023 Anjana S, Savitha A R 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 17 36 10.17561/grove.v30.8022 Hill Women in the Time of Tribal Wars: A Reading of Folk Tales from Northeast India <p>What we know about women in traditional tribal societies in Northeast India is based on what oral traditions tell us about them. Although they were more resourceful and respected than the women of the plains societies, their disadvantages in a world teeming with tribal feuds were considerable. Ruthless enemies destroyed villages and killed everyone, but sometimes they spared the lives of women. When two hostile villages agreed to a truce, the women enjoyed freedom of movement, but only within the village. Kidnappings were frequent, and it was unsafe for women to leave the village unaccompanied by men. Their vulnerability prompted tribes to adopt measures such as face tattooing and the practice of tribe or village endogamy. Based on the evidence in oral traditions, mostly folk tales, this paper reconstructs the position of women in the tribal societies of Northeast India during the period of inter-tribal wars.</p> Chaitali Gorai Copyright (c) 2023 Hindi (India) Hindi (India) 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 37 52 10.17561/grove.v30.8023 Alienation and Violence in Beatriz Cabur’s Plays <p>In the last decades of the 21st century, the growing interest in legitimising contemporary Spanish female playwrights is evident in the context of contemporary feminist theories. This research explores Beatriz Cabur's plays, published and performed nationally and internationally, insofar as they respond to some of the current feminist demands regarding trauma. This study delves into the need for appropriate critical and analytical models for the study of theatrical experimentalism, which, in addition to its academic value, addresses current feminist demands. The development of this study is supported by clear thematic links that are established, from which it is possible to delve into the implicit and explicit feminisms of contemporary Spanish theatre, as well as the shaping, development, and legitimisation of contemporary feminine identities.</p> María Herrera Cárdenas Copyright (c) 2023 María Herrera 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 53 74 10.17561/grove.v30.7675 Silence, Abuse, and Madness: Picasso in Jeanette Winterson's Art & Lies <p>In <em>Art &amp; Lies </em>(1994), Jeanette Winterson presents three characters who are alter egos of Handel, Picasso, and Sappho. This article focusses on Picasso as an alter ego not only of Pablo Picasso but also of the character itself, whose birth name is Sophia, and of Pablo Picasso’s lovers, who were silenced, abused, and driven to madness like Winterson’s Picasso. The main aspects taken into account are the fact that the character is silenced by her family and that she is sexually abused by her brother in order to understand that her journey towards becoming the madwoman in the attic is induced by the harmful context that she is surrounded by in the same way that occurred to Pablo Picasso’s lovers and to Bertha Mason in <em>Jane Eyre</em>.</p> Claudia Martori Copyright (c) 2023 Claudia Martori 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 75 88 10.17561/grove.v30.8008 Re-articulation in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God <p>Zora Neale Hurston’s most acclaimed novel, <span class="italica">Their Eyes Were Watching God</span> (1937), juxtaposes the sensuous side of ecology with that of female sexuality and sensuousness, through the epiphany of the blossoming pear tree. The present research article explores this idea to establish Zora Neale Hurston as a womanist who anticipates ecofeminism and ecosexuality creating a female protagonist who finds a voice narrating her story.</p> Divya Sharma Copyright (c) 2023 Divya Sharma 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 89 118 10.17561/grove.v30.7895 Trauma and Psychological Self-Destruction: An Overview of the Exasperating Emotional Imbalance in K R Meera’s The Unseeing Idol of Light <p>The present article discusses trauma and its impact on human emotions, particularly on women, in literature, with a focus on K R Meera's novel, <em>The Unseeing Idol of Light</em>. The research paper highlights the rise of trauma theory in literature and explores the cultural and psychological influence of trauma in literature. It also analyses the characters in the novel through the lens of emotional imbalance and interdependency and examines the interrelation between vision, love, and trauma. The prevalence of negative emotions over positive emotions in the novel has been discussed. The paper emphasises the importance of mental stability in contemporary society and discusses various themes such as psychic changes, loss, longing, and transformation. The researcher aims to analyse and relate the selected work with critical thinking to shed light on the cultural and psychological impressions of literature.</p> Sruthi S Savitha A R Copyright (c) 2023 Sruthi S, Dr. Savitha A R 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 119 134 10.17561/grove.v30.8027 Original Feminsims Or Mwenkanonkano In Uganda: Indigenous Voices In Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s The First Woman <p>The purpose of this paper is to analyze the novel <em>The First Woman</em> by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in the context of indigenous feminism(s). In the narrative, the protagonist discovers “the original state” of women according to the story she hears from the town witch, Nsuuta: before patriarchy, women were free like bodies of water, shapeless, inconstant, untamed. This original state has been suppressed by centuries of male dominance, but <em>mwenkanonkano</em> (the name the author gives to local feminism) is present in the life of many women who defy discrimination every day with their mere existence and the way they conduct their life. Nsuuta, by orally rendering the myths surrounding womanhood and passing them on to Kirabo, is writing (hi)story, legitimating it in their Ugandan context. Therefore, I argue that Makumbi conveys the need of an intersectional feminism which takes into consideration the life experiences of those women who are (and were) speaking up from their (un)comfortable homes. The author proves how significant these overlooked testimonies are since they are powerful examples of female survival in a society dominated by two intertwined forces: phallocracy and colonialism.</p> Lara Tortosa Signes Copyright (c) 2023 Lara Tortosa Signes 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 135 154 10.17561/grove.v30.8020 Selected Poems for The Grove María José Segovia López Copyright (c) 2023 María José Segovia López 2023-12-30 2023-12-30 30 155 160 10.17561/grove.v30.8413