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Paradigms of Marginality: A Critical Assessment

S Chelliah (Editor)

Any survey of recent Indian literature does clearly reveal that the voice of the voiceless or protest, in some form or other, is the oft-repeated and even the most notable theme analysed, evaluated and projected by writers of all genres with an avowed social purpose so as to offer a sweeping revolt by all means against economic exploitation, subjugation of women, oppression of the unprivileged and suppression of the untouchables and the marginalized. Marginalization is nothing but a kind of social exclusion, a social boycott, disadvantage and downgrading to the fringe of a caste, community or group of a society. English language, with its global base, has served as a useful tool of Dalit empowerment. It is a window through which readers are able to acquaint themselves with the writings of Dalits or on the Dalits. Present volume includes thirty insightful papers on the subject of marginality and subalternity by eminent teachers/scholar-critics and scholars. This book will, no doubt, serve the purpose of awakening the consciousness of the poor, downtrodden and the marginalized for forging their identities, thereby ensuring a society that values the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. The kernel of this book comprises a critique of the marginalization thereby propagating the idea that Dalit writing or writing on marginality and subalternity is a social engagement. This volume is no doubt an endeavour to bring before its readers the vast areas that Dalit, subaltern and marginal literatures have travelled a lot in their journey since beginning.

 Content: Introduction. 1. Subalternity, marginality and untouchability as projected in the current literary scenario/S. Chelliah and Bijender Singh. 2. An appraisal of marginality in select Dalit short stories/Harish Mangalam. 3. Negotiating marginality through female body: revisiting marginal women characters in Krishna Sobti’s Zindaginama/Ashok Verma. 4. Displacement and marginalization of Santhals in Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s the adivasi will not dance/Shikha Saxena. 5. Women’s search for selfhood: marginalised women in margaret atwood’s select novels/Rumana Ashraf. 6. Social stratification, a savage: a comparative analysis of Dr Ambedkar and Mulk Raj Anand/C. Ramya. 7. Marginalized status of women and the breaking of the barriers: a study of Kamala Das’ poetry/Suruchi Sharma. 8. Shifting attitude of immigrant women in Bharati Mukherjee’s select fiction: an analysis/K.M. Keerthika. 9. Redefining peripheries: urbanization and prostitution in Indian literature/Guni Vats. 10. Social exclusion of woman characters in select novels of Bharati Mukherjee: a brief study/N. Kaushi Reddy. 11. Marginalised status of women in Anita Desai’s select novels/Kusum Kanger. 12. (Re-)Defining the ‘Marginal’ Identity and ‘Alternative Media’ as a voice of democracy: exemplifying Arundhati Roy’s fictional and non-fictional works/Ramanuj Mahato. 13. Rhetoric of storytelling: subverting the colonial ethos in “A Geronimo’s Story”/Rekha Batta. 14. Evolution of subaltern consciousness of women from ‘Draupadi’ of the Mahabharata to Mahasweta Devi’s ‘Draupadi’: an analysis/N. Padmapriyadharshini. 15. ‘The Policy of Exclusion’: In Search of ‘Marginal Voices’ in Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children/Anup Barman and Sabuj Sarkar. 16. The Journey of a Woman in Kavita Kané’s Lanka’s Princess and Manini J. Anandani’s Mandodari: Queen of Lanka/Shikha Khandpur. 17. Shades of female marginality in Toni Morrison’s Sula and Alice Walker’s the color purple/Sumitra Singh. 18. Humanism, feminism and the established socio-economic order in the works of Shashi Deshpande/Parveen Bala and Vijaylakshmi. 19. ‘Size-ism’ in literature: marginalising fat women as non-brandish/Disha Sharma. 20. The mirror images of marginalization in M.R. Anand’s untouchable and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things: A Comparative Analysis/S. Divya Bharathi. 21. Geeta as a caged-bird of haveli: a study of a marginalised woman/Budhnath Parihast. 22. Self identity, ambition and womanhood in Mahesh Dattani’s dance like a man/S. F. Filomine White Sheela. 23. Addressing the Euphemism of “Better Life” in Pratibha Ray’s The Primal Land/Sumedha Bhandari. 24. Appropriation of mythic women through the lens of counter-narration in Divakaruni’s the palace of illusions and Parameswarans Sita’s promise: a dance drama/Anupama Rai. 25. Tracing the Distinctive Agendas of Dalits: The Socio-Political Injustice with Reference to Vijay Tendulkar’s Kanyadaan/Abirami P. 26. Neoteric Dalit ecoaesthetic subaltern rebellious voice as depicted in Bama’s “Annachi”: an analysis/A.P. Pavithra Bhuvaneshwari. 27. African American sojourn – an attempt to subvert the literary and power traditions of the dominant culture/S. Jayanthi. 28. When I Hit You: Marginalised Coming to the Fore/Arti Chandel. 29. When ‘She’ Smiles: Deontology in Indian Puranas/P. Bala Shanmuga Devi. 30. Theorizing the subaltern representation as a genre/B. Manivannan. Index.

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Title Paradigms of Marginality: A Critical Assessment
Author S Chelliah
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.09.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353240868
length 272p.