Gender and Caste in the Anglophone-Indian Novels of Arundhati Roy and Githa Hariharan: Feminist Issues in Cross-cultural Perspectives (Women's Studies

Gender and Caste in the Anglophone-Indian Novels of Arundhati Roy and Githa Hariharan: Feminist Issues in Cross-cultural Perspectives (Women's Studies

By: Antonia Navarro-Tejero (author)Hardback

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Attempts to interpret feminist issues from a cross-cultural point of view. By choosing two women, Indian novelists, who think and write as Anglophones, the author has seized upon a critical conjunction of four key issues: gender, caste, language, and tradition.

About Author

Professor Antonia Navarro-Tejero received her Ph.D. at the Universidad de Huelva and is a member of the faculty at the Universidad de Cordoba.

Contents

Acknowledgements i; Preface iii; Introduction 1; 1 A Literary Overview of Women's Studies in India; 1.1 Gender theory in India 5; 1.2 Anglophone Indian women writers 14; 1.3 The authors and their novels 19; 1.3.1 Githa Hariharan's The Thousand Faces of Night 27; 1.3.2 Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things 30; 2 The Development of the Female Subjectivity; 2.1 The female Bildungsroman: the socialization process 33; 2.1.1 Childhood: an edenic phase 39; 2.1.2 Adolescence: the tradition versus modernity dilemma 42; 2.1.3 Adulthood: the hybrid state 47; 3 The Family: Stories of Discontent; 3.1 Traffic of women in the marriage institution 51; 3.2 Gender violence 64; 4 Religion: The Manipulation of Knowledge; 4.1 The authors' revisionary project 79; 4.2 Women in the Brahminical world 86; 4.3 Double morality in orthodox values 92. 5 The State: Taming the Subaltern; 5.1 The politics of development 99; 5.2 The caste system as an oppressive hierarchy 108; 6 Dissent: Towards Liberation and Independence; 6.1 The man-less woman 119; 6.2 Return to the maternal 128; 6.3 The androgynous as alternative 136; Conclusions 145; Bibliography 155; Index 169.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773459953
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9780773459953
  • ISBN10: 0773459952

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