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GLOCALCOLLOQUIES - Vol 1, Issue 1, May, 2015

Redefinition of the Self: The Novels of Shashi Deshpande

Author: Guttal, Vijaya

Category: Research

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Women’s writing in the contemporary context is linked with exploring different modes of resistance to patriarchal politics and restructure women’s experience with a focus on the redefinition of the self. More and more women writers are claiming the dignity of being a writer who speaks of human concerns and refuse being segregated on the pretext of gender. Shashi Deshpande is one writer who argues that women’s concerns deserve the centre space as much as men’s concerns. Her fictional narratives make a significant attempt to renegotiate the margins and redefine power and freedom in terms of female creativity. The fusion of traditional wisdom and modernity to facilitate the autonomy of the self is characteristic of her inclusive vision.

Keywords: Marginalisation, subjugation, Resistance, Subtexts, renegotiation, Indocentricmethodology, selfhood, centrestage, female sexuality, Redefinition

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