On equal terms : a novel

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Dr Susan Ash


This novel deals with the ‘migrant experience’ as seen through the eyes of a young Indian woman, who has, through choice and circumstance, become the displaced ‘other’ in white Anglo-Saxon Australia. The novel focuses on the construction of an identity for the migrant woman and explores the themes of loss and familial rape within tradition bound societies. In the novel, and in the essay that follows, I hope to highlight my concerns with migrant females, rape within families and within cultures and how these issues are discussed in contemporary Australia. The narrative strategy of the novel is a limited first person point of view, with occasional ‘breaks’ and forays into the minds of other characters. Written in prose, within a postcolonial framework, my novel and essay are attempts to deal with the psychological fragmentation that accompanies both physical displacement and sexual violation.

LCSH Subject Headings

Edith Cowan University - Faculty of Arts -Dissertations.

Rape in literature


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