Myth and Patriarchy in Deepa Mehta's Heaven on Earth

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2014-10-08

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University of California

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Abstract

This article analyses how Heaven on Earth (2008) uses Indian mythology to expose the reality of culturally driven violence against Sikh Punjabi women in Canada, occurring as a result of transnational marriages between diaspora-based Non-Resident Indian (hereafter NRI) men and Sikh Punjabi women. Referring to Bruce Lincoln’s theory of myth as ideology, I argue that the film explores how some of these women have experienced marginalisation and how a discourse of abuse can be challenged through myth.

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South Asian Canadian, Punjabi Indian, Patriarchy, Mythology, Diaspora, Girish Karnad, immigration, Bollywood, Snakes, Sheesh Naag, Bruce Lincoln, Non-Resident Indian, NRI

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Ridon, M. (2014) Myth and Patriarchy in Deepa Mehta's Heaven on Earth. Journal of Punjab Studies, 21(2), pp, 223-244.

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