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Figuring the Female: Women's Discourse, Art and Literature

S. Murali (Author) Usha V.T. (Author)
Synopsis The major concern of the essays in this book is to trace the emancipating values induced through the recognition of multiple perspectives as opposed to the socially maintained hegemonil standpoints. Each essay although starting off from various cultural locales and theoretical positions-whether it is about autobiography or painting-attempts for the most a rediscovery of woman’s history and culture, particularly in the case of non-European communities that have nurtured female creativity. Most of these have appeared variously in journals like Indian Literature, kalalkalpa, new Quest, The Literary Criterion, The Journal of Indian writing in English, LittCritt, revaluations, review of Social Science, The Literary Half-Yearly, Samyukta and the Journal of Literature and Aesthetics. Figuring the Female: Women’s Discourse, Art and Literature, in general, examines the devaluation and silencing of the woman’s experience, through a close exploration of the socio-cultural space wherein she is marginalized, and strives to expose its motives and strategies. The interdisciplinary nature of these essays would certainly be of interest of these essays would certainly be of interest to anyone seriously concerned with gynocriticism, gender issues and ideology etc.
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About the authors

S. Murali

S. Murali is a poet, painter and critic-a specialist in Indian aesthetics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kerala (1990) and is a scholar of repute deeply concerned with indigenous values and essential issues. His book The Mantra of Vision: An Overview of Sri Aurobindo's Aesthetics (1997) has come to be recognised as a valuable contribution to the study of Indian poetics and comparative aesthetics. He has also authored a collection of poems and sketches-Night Heron (1998). He is a well known painter and his works have gone on display at several exhibitions in India and abroad. His publications include poems, translations and essays on art, literature and ideas in journals of international repute. He has as much involvement with nature and environment as with poetry and painting. At present Dr. Murali and painting. At present Dr. Murali teaches in the Department of English, University College, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Usha V.T.

Dr. Usha V.T, critic and theorist, is reader and Coordinator of the Center for Women’s Studies, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry. She has authored a number of articles on issues relating to women and ideology and also a book on the twentieth century British poet Ted Hughes –The real and the Imagined (1998). She is the co-author of figuring the female: Women’s Discourse, Art and Literature (2006).

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Bibliographic information

Title Figuring the Female: Women's Discourse, Art and Literature
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher The Women Press
Language: English
isbn 818911011X
length x+139p., References; 23cm.