IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 8, August 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Dorothy Allison is an accomplished American writer whoseworks have fueled feminist discussions.Main themes of her works are class struggle, gender inequality, violence, and sexual orientation. Her grand scale novel, Cavedweller, is about women’s issues and problems and their attempt for survival. This novel which is the subject of the present studyportrays the excruciating struggle of Delia Byrd, the mother of three daughters, to remake her relationship with her daughters and also reunite the family in a male dominated society. R.W.Connell’snotion of hegemonic masculinitysurveys the operation of patriarchal ideologies through masculinities and femininities for the maintenance of the domination of men over women.It is the purpose of this study to show that how hegemonic masculinity through the masculine discourse of institutions tries to subjugate the women’s of Cavedweller.