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Dalit Literatures in India

Edited by Joshil K. Abraham, Judith Misrahi-Barak

© 2016 – Routledge India

366 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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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 as well as graphic novels. With contributions from major scholars in the field, it critically examines Dalit literary theory and initiates a dialogue between Dalit writing and Western literary theory.


'With this eclectic collection of critical essays, written from a range of positions and raising a variety of issues, it is clear that Dalit literature has come of age.' -Susie Tharu, Department of Cultural Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

'The collection includes 21 well-written scholarly essays and a very useful selective bibliography of primary and secondary sources (books, journal articles, book chapters, and dissertations) on Dalit literature. In their excellent introduction Abraham (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha Univ., India) and Misrahi-Barak (Université Paul-Valéry, France) deal with the history and progress of Dalit literature in India. The book is an excellent addition to world literature, and this reviewer looks forward to studies that examine the contributions of Dalits from all religions of India. Summing Up: Recommended.' - R. N. Sharma, CHOICE

'This volume of essays is commendable because each essay widens out the field of inquiry in a centrifugal pattern. Each widening circle of analysis allows the reader to grasp the intersections of thought and pursue his/her own understanding of the larger questions.' - Nilak Datta, IACLALS Journal, vol. 2

'One final, outstanding quality of this remarkable volume that warrants special attention is its potential as a research tool. Given the very recent nature of the discipline, the precise and thorough bibliographies that conclude each chapter provide precious references for researchers interested in these questions.' - Lissa Lincoln, The American University of Paris, Postcolonial Studies Association

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dalit Literatures 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 4. ‘No name is yours until you speak it’: Notes towards a Contrapuntal Reading of Dalit Literatures and Postcolonial Theory Laetitia Zecchini 5. The Issue of Language and its 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 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 City of Dust and Lust Santhosh Dash 11. Dalit Intellectual Poets of Punjab, 1690–1925 Raj Kumar Hans 12. Life, History and Politics: Two Autobiographies by Kallen Pokkudan 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: Female Subaltern and Dalit Literature in Shining Contemporary India Martine Van Woerkens 15. Witnessing and Experiencing Dalitness: In Defense 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 around the Art of Savi Sawarkar Santhosh Sadanandan 21. The Indian Graphic Novel and Dalit Trauma: A Gardener in the Wasteland Pramod K. Nayar

About the Editors

Joshil K. Abraham is Assistant Professor and Head of Humanities and Applied Sciences 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies