Bulletin of Advanced English Studies

Volume 5 - Issue 2 (2) | PP: 29 - 46 Language : English
DOI : https://doi.org/10.31559/BAES2020.5.2.2

Appraising Katherine Mansfield’s Father Figures in “The Little Girl”: A Transitivity Analysis

Md. Saiful Alam ,
Adelina Binti Asmawi ,
Mohib Ullah ,
Shafinur Nahar ,
Sayeeda Fatema
Received Date Revised Date Accepted Date Publication Date
24/4/2021 3/5/2021 20/5/2021 16/6/2021
This article explores the patterns of father figures, the father -child relationships and power imbalance depicted in Katherine Mansfield's “The Little Girl”, using one tool of analysis from Systemic Functional Grammar, which is Transitivity. Examined are the ways Mansfield, as a Modernist and feminist writer, thematizes and engages herself to the theme of the fathering model and the father - child relationships typical of her time in her story. The study concentrates on The Little Girl, by Mansfield, which contains father figures and children as one of the central issues. The study concludes that there is a remote father syndrome in Mansfield's “The Little Girl”, and that the fathering style and practice of the Old Father type makes the impossibility of healthy father-child relationships, and that the Old Father's conventional fatherhood creates a power imbalance between males and females, and finally there is an aspiration for the New type of father in the child’s life.

How To Cite This Article
Alam , M. S.Asmawi , A. B.Ullah , M.Nahar , S. & Fatema , S. (2021). Appraising Katherine Mansfield’s Father Figures in “The Little Girl”: A Transitivity Analysis . Bulletin of Advanced English Studies, 5 (2), 29-46, 10.31559/BAES2020.5.2.2

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