SAGE Publications Ltd
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Women Writing Violence" engages with select contemporary novels in which women characters resist violence and redefine notions of community by imagining bonds with the exiled and the disempowered.
The author interweaves the literary landscapes of African American writer Toni Morrison with the oeuvre of South Asian writers Mridula Garg, Tahmina Durrani, Amrita Pritam, Bapsi Sidhwa, and Mahasweta Devi. This results in the opening of a new gateway into thinking about violence and survival through a feminist, transnational lens.
Subramanian places women's literary imaginary at the margins of both the nation-state and the patriarchal community. She creates a specifically female language and emphasizes the ingenious ways in which women characters in novels restore dignity and agency to their kin and beloved. The book focuses on voice and narrative techniques within the novel and transgresses the confines of the Enlightenment discourse to reckon with conceptual categories such as community and belonging.
A fine study of ecriture feminine, ranging over time and space.... Subramanian has offered a brilliant analysis of eight novels cutting across culture and history.
(Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 49, 28 January 2014)
About the Author
Shreerekha Subramanian is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She teaches courses in humanities, literature, women's studies and cross-cultural studies. She is the first recipient of Marilyn Miezskuc Professorship in Women's Studies in 2008. She finished her doctoral work in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University where she received awards for distinguished contribution to undergraduate education and teaching.
She co-edited Home and the World: South Asia in Transition (2007) and has published chapters in several anthologies such as The Masters and the Slaves: Plantation Relations and Mestizaje in American Imaginaries and New Essays on the African American Novel, and also articles in academic journals.