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The essence of the 21st century woman: A gender-based literary study of Emily Giffin’s something Borrowed Trilogy

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept. of English and Humanities, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Philippines
  • 2Dept. of English and Humanities, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Philippines

Res. J. Language and Literature Sci., Volume 10, Issue (1), Pages 1-7, January,19 (2023)


The researcher brings to the fore the gender dimension of Something Borrowed Trilogy novels of Emily Giffin: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Diary of Darcy J. Rhone using the gender lens of England. The researcher identified the central female characters who move the plot forward, then analyzed the peculiarities of the portrayal of women vis-a-vis the society they lived in as regards the traditional characteristics of women, and probed new images and essence of a contemporary woman in the 21st century. The researcher identified the central female characters of the novels and their roles to the development of the stories. The study delved onto the portrayal of women in Giffin’s selected works and subjected their peculiarities to the characteristics of traditional women as discussed by England. The researcher found out that the traditional characteristics are still present in the 21st century women, but they differ in terms of presentation brought about by the changing times.


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