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Dalit Literature: Journey From Repression to Resistance

S Chelliah (Editor)

The term 'Dalit' has often been used in academic discourse representing economic inequality, cultural exile, agonised experience, caste humiliation, social injustice, communal bias, social disability and suppression projecting rather significantly in the works of writers from the Indian subcontinent. While Dalit issues and concerns have drawn sufficient attention of various critics and writers, Dalit Literature in Indian languages is gaining ground recently with a steady leap towards due recognition. This book is a humble attempt to project how Dalit issues and concerns have had a decisive, revisionary impact on the discipline of literary and critical studies. Among first of its kind in India, present anthology of twenty-six research papers on various Dalit themes is bound to prove valuable for academics, students and scholars. As a valuable document of social criticism, this book entitled Dalit Literature: Journey from Repression to Resistance epitomises one healthy step for projecting Dalit consciousness in literature especially in Indian English Literature. In a nutshell, all lovers and readers of literature, especially Dalit Literature will find this book extremely useful and informative. 

Contents: Foreword. Introduction. 1. Dalit and Subaltern Consciousness as Projected by Select Indian Novelists in Their Fictional World: A Critical Appraisal/S. Chelliah and Bijender Singh. 2. The Doubly Oppressed: The Portrayal of Dalit Women in Bama’s Sangati/Shalini Saxena. 3. Gujarati Dalit Poetry and Commitment/Harish Mangalam. 4. Journey of Marginalisation towards Fruition in Urmila Pawar’s The Weave of My Life/M. Richard Enrico and V. Nagarajan. 5. Orthodoxy – A Shameless Pursuit of Identity: Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s Ultimatum Attack on Brahmanic Theories from Who were the Shudras?: A Historical Documentation/C. Ramya. 6. Tyranny by the Caste Hierarchs: An Analysis of Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance/Suruchi Sharma. 7. Portrayal of the Conditions of Dalits in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable/V. Nagarajan and F. Vincent Rajasekar. 8. Meena Kandasamy’s Touch: Vocalisation of Dalit Ordeal/Neha Raina. 9. Silence of the Subaltern in Dalit Writings/V. Nagarajan and Dr S. Pushpalatha. 10. Performing Resistance or Caste-Pride Celebration: A Study of Selected Indian Dalits Folk-Rap Music/Ishrat Jahan. 11. Urmila Pawar’s The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoir – A Brief Analysis/K.M. Keerthika. 12. Journey from Marginalisation to Liberation: A Critical Appraisal of Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan: A Dalit’s Life/Sanjay Kumar. 13. Picture of Motherhood in Mother of 1084 and Bayen by Mahasweta Devi: A Critical Analysis/S. Divya Bharathi. 14. Projection of Dalit Womanism in Gogu Shyamala’s Selected Short-Story Collection Father May Be an Elephant and Mother Only A Small Basket, But An Analysis/N. Kaushi Reddy. 15. The Daughters That Weren’t: The Saga of Dalit Feminism/Guni Vats. 16. A Threefold Oppression in Bama’s Karukku and P. Sivakami’s The Taming of Women/Disha Sharma. 17. Subaltern Voices and Dalit Issues in Bama’s Karukku: A Critical Analysis/S. F. Filomine White Sheela. 18. Malayalam Dalit Poetry: A Reflection of Cultural Marginality/S. Chelliah and Kishore Ram. 19. Dalit Marginalisation and Caste Atrocities in Sheoraj Singh Bechain’s My Childhood on My Shoulders/Kusum Kanger. 20. Looking at Caste, Gender and Dissent in Baburao Bagul’s “Mother”/Prachi Priyanka. 21. Juxtaposition of Dalit Narratives with Afro-American Slave Narratives in the Vicinity of Emancipation: A Brief Comparative Note/A.P. Pavithra Bhuvaneshwari. 22. Pariah or Harijan: The Struggle of a Lifetime/Jayashree Hazarika. 23. Ventriloquising Dalit Repression in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger/Pallavi Saxena. 24. Unheard Agonies: An Analysis of Balbir Madhopuri’s Changiya Rukh: Against the Night/Sumitra Singh. 25. The Hunted Body and the Haunting Retaliation in Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi/Sakunthala A.I. 26. Hunger, Thievery and Resistance in Laxman Gaikwad’s Uchalya: The Branded/Sadhana Agrawal. Index.  

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Title Dalit Literature: Journey From Repression to Resistance
Author S Chelliah
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.08.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353240523
length 322p.