Dalit Literatures in India

Dalit Literatures in India

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This book breaks new ground in the study of Dalit literature, including in its corpus a range of genres such as novels, autobiographies, pamphlets, poetry, short stories and graphic novels. With contributions from major scholars in the field, alongside budding ones, the book critically examines Dalit literary production and theory. It also initiates a dialogue between Dalit writing and Western literary theory.

This second edition includes a new Introduction which takes stock of developments since 2015. It discusses how Dalit writing has come to play a major role in asserting marginal identities in contemporary Indian politics while moving towards establishing a more radical voice of dissent and protest.

Lucid, accessible yet rigorous in its analysis, this book will be indispensable for scholars and researchers of Dalit studies, social exclusion studies, Indian writing, literature and literary theory, politics, sociology, social anthropology and cultural studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429952272
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/19/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Joshil K. Abraham is Assistant Professor at G. B. Pant Govt. Engineering College, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha (GGSIP) University, New Delhi, India.

Judith Misrahi-Barak is Associate Professor at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France. She teaches in the English Department.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition: Taking stock, Updating, Moving forward

by Joshil K. Abraham and Judith Misrahi-Barak

Introduction: Dalit Literatures in India: in, out and beyond

Joshil K. Abraham and Judith Misrahi-Barak

1. Caste differently

G. N. Devy

2. Caste and democracy: three paradoxes

M.S.S. Pandian

3. The politics of Dalit literature

Ravi Shankar Kumar

4. ‘No name is yours until you speak it’: notes towards a contrapuntal reading of Dalit literatures and postcolonial theory

Laetitia Zecchini

5. Language and translation in Dalit literature

Nalini Pai

6. Negotiations with faith: conversion, identity and historical continuity

Jasbir Jain

7. Resisting together separately: representations of the Dalit–Muslim question in literature

Nida Sajid

8. Creating their own gods: literature from the margins of Bengal

Sipra Mukherjee

9. Caste and the literary imagination in the context of Odia literature: a reading of Akhila Nayak’s Bheda

Raj Kumar

10. Questions of caste, commitment and freedom in Gujarat, India: towards a reading of Praveen Gadhvi’s The City of Dust and Lust

Santhosh Dash

11. Dalit intellectual poets of Punjab: 1690–1925

Raj Kumar Hans

12. Life, history and politics: Kallen Pokkudan's two autobiographies and the Dalit print imaginations in Keralam

Ranjith Thankappan

13. Dalits writing, Dalits speaking: on the encounters between Dalit autobiographies and oral histories

Alexandra De Heering

14. A Life Less Ordinary: the female subaltern and Dalit literature in contemporary India

Martine Van Woerkens

15. Witnessing and experiencing Dalitness: in defence of Dalit women’s Testimonio

Sara Sindhu Thomas

16. Literatures of suffering and resistance: Dalit women’s Testimonios and Black women slave narratives – a comparative study

Arpita Chattaraj Mukhopadhay

17. Polluting the page: Dalit women’s bodies in autobiographical literature

Carolyn Hibbs

18. Intimacy across caste and class boundaries in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things

Maryam Mirza

19. Caste as the baggage of the past: global modernity and the cosmopolitan Dalit identity

K. Satyanarayana

20. Tense – past continuous: some critical reflections on the art of Savi Sawarkar

Santhosh Sadanandan

21. The Indian graphic novel and Dalit trauma: A Gardener in the Wasteland

Pramod K. Nayar

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