• DISSENT, DIALOGUE AND RESISTANCE IN MAHASWETHA DEVI’S THE FIVE WOMEN AND KUNTI AND THE NISHADIN


    Designation : M Phil Scholar Stella Maris College (Autonomous), Chennai


    Journal Name : Reserach maGma


    Publication Date : 11/10/2017




    Abstract :
    The non-inclusiveness and inadequacies in “metanarratives” has been a subject of long-standing debate in the postmodernist era. It has initiated a paradigm shift in reading strategies, world view and cultural interactions. Voices from below are surfacing steadily and surely, prompting the power-wielding, visible groups to pay heed and acknowledge. Incorporating Marxian, Subaltern, gender concerns in her literary works, Mahasweta Devi’s poetics has established itself as the narrative of the marginalized. Her complex works offer radically innovative perspectives and challenge patronizing attitudes that look down upon the subalterns as people without knowledge and power. The short stories “The Five Women” and “Kunti and the Nishadin” translated by Anjum Katyal and collected in After Kurukshetra portray tribal women who speak their mind and refuse to feel intimidated by the royalty and their dictates. The paper traces the trajectory of their dissent and resistance to hegemonic ideologies and their fierce assertion of agency and identity.


    Keywords :
    Subaltern, power, hegemony, grand narrative, little narrative, dissent


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