Focus: Indian Feminism (for Mar-Apr 2018 issue)

Since the early 1980s when the two volume Women’s Writing in India – edited by Susie Tharu and C Lalitha – was published by Feminist Press, there has been an increased awareness of feminism and an attempt to examine the interplay of feminism, gender and women’s writing in India. Many of these studies analyzed women’s fiction, to expose how social relationships, the play of class, caste and gender along with various forms of hegemony affected women’s lives. Yet, there has been very little acknowledgement into critically examining whether women writers are aware of theories of feminism, whether women writers write with the conscious purpose of changing the existence of women or do women writers merely depict the social and cultural reality.

A secondary debate that needs to arise is: What are the works that have set the tone of discussion to investigate into queries of feminism from an Indian perspective? Although we hear names such as Kalpana Kannabiran, Urvashi Butalia, Susie Tharu, Flavia Agnes, Nivedita Menon and so on there has been little research into the queries they raise or how they have probably created a niche for Indian feminism. Finally, how have postcolonial theories addressed women, given the aspect that critics such as Gayatri C Spivak and Chandra Talpade Mohanty concentrate on the vagaries of Indian women?

In the light of the above, we are seeking articles focusing on:

  • Poetry/fiction/drama that investigates women writers’ utilization of concepts of feminism
  • Growth of indigenous feminist critical theory
  • Postcolonial trends focusing on Indian women

Last date for submission: Jan 15, 2018.

The Guest Editor of this Focus is Dr H Kalpana Rao, Associate Professor, Department of English, Pondicherry University, Puducherry – 605014.

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