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Speaking For Myself

Sukrita Paul Kumar (Editor) Malashri Lal (Editor)

This anthology of stories and poems challenges the stereotypical image of women, particularly Asian women, as passive and submissive. While the women in these stories come from diverse cultural backgrounds, their voices give poignant expression to many issues which are common-motherhood, family dynamics, economic deprivation, sexuality-questioning the patriarchal authority under which they lead their lives. Drawing upon the work of over sixty authors-from China, Mongolia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and many others-the book offers a filigree of existential concerns and overlapping cultural patterns reflected in the literatures of these nations, transcending political boundaries.

The creativity of the women writers represented in Speaking for Myself poses an alternative image of the Asian woman-strong, innovative and inspiring-and opens possibilities for dialogue across borders through literature.

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About the author

Sukrita Paul Kumar

Formerly a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Sukrita Paul Kumar has been writing and publishing extensively on modern Hindi and Urdu fiction.  Her critical works include Conversations on Modernism, The New Story, and Man, Woman and Androgyny.  She has also edited a number of critical volumes including Ismat: Her Life, Her Times, Mapping Memories and Women’s Studies in India: Contours of Change.  A published poet, her collections include Folds of Silence, Oscillations and Apurna.  She was also nominated for the International Writing Programme at Iowa in 2002.  Translations have been published by the National Book Trust.  A recipient of several grants and fellowships, she has lectured and given readings in many universities in India and abroad, including Cambridge, SOAS, University of Hong Kong, York University in Toronto and University of California in Irvine.

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Title Speaking For Myself
Format Softcover
Date published: 14.11.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780143065333
length 592p.