A Manifestation of Women Writings in the Context of Maya Angelou’s Selected Works


  • Ranju Padikkapparambil Lecturer, Bayan College, Oman


American writings, female body, women's writing, trauma, Maya Angelou


This study explores the stigmatization of the female body and women in American literature, highlighting how contemporary women's writing challenges traditional gender norms. In many literary works, women are often portrayed as passive, objectified, and devoid of agency. The aim of this study is to re-establish the importance and role of women in literature for the betterment of society. To achieve this, Maya Angelou's work, specifically Still I Rise, has been selected as a case study. Angelou's influential writing sheds light on women's experiences and the impact of trauma on their bodies. Through her work, Angelou challenges the conventional portrayal of women in literature and emphasizes the significance of self-love and resilience in the face of adversity. Employing a qualitative approach, the study conducts content analysis to examine the themes and imagery in Angelou's work. The findings will be discussed in relation to the traditional concept of women in literature and how contemporary women's writing defies these notions. Ultimately, by highlighting women's experiences and the impact of trauma on their bodies, this study endeavours to challenge traditional gender norms and foster a more inclusive and equitable society.