296 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
Companion to the much-acclaimed Dalit Literatures in India, this book examines questions of aesthetics and literary representation in a wide range of Dalit literary texts. It looks at how Dalit literature invokes the rich and complex legacy of oral, folk and performative traditions of communities. The essays systematically question the traditional emphasis on autobiographies, memoirs and other testimonial narratives to show how poems, novels or short stories have just as great an impact as non-fiction. They critically explore the interplay between the aesthetic and political for a genre of writing that has ‘change’ as its goal. The volume also shows how the genre has revolutionised the concept of what literature is supposed to mean and define.
Effervescent first-person accounts, socially militant activism and sharp critiques of a little explored lierary terrain make this essential reading for scholars and researchers of social exclusion and discrimination studies, literature, especially comparitive literature, translation studies, politics, human rights and culture studies.
Foreword Introduction: Aesthetics or Politics?Judith Misrahi-Barak, K. Satyanarayana and Nicole Thiara Part I Speaking Out1.An Interview with Des Raj Kali Rajkumar Hans 2. An Interview with Manoranjan Byapari Sipra Mukherjee 3. An Interview with Kalyani Thakur Charal Jayati Gupta 4. An Interview of Cho. Dharman R. Azhagarasan and Arul Part II Writing from Within: Experiments with Form 5. Cho. Dharman: Caste and ‘Karical’ Literature in Tamil Nadu Kiran Keshavamurthy 6. Author’s Notesor Revisions? The Politics of Form in P. Sivakami’s Two Novels Kanak Yadav Part III Writing from within: Genre Revisited 7. Manoranjan Byapari: Choosing to Write Anger Sipra Mukherjee 8. Of Subjecthood and Form: On Reading Two Dalit Short Stories from Gujarat, India Santosh Dash 9. Narrating Life: Understanding Subjects through Spaces Carmel Christy Part IV Writing from within: Caste and Gender 10. Mother as fucked: Re-imagining Dalit Female Sexuality in Sahil Parmar's Poetry Gopika Jadeja 11. A Pox Upon Your House – Masculinities and Gender in a Dalit Male Autobiography Shivani Kapoor Part V Reading across 12. Dalit Literature in Translation: A Symptomatic Reading of Sharankumar Limbale’s Akkarmashi in English Translation Arun Prabha Mukherjee 13. Translating Dalit Literature: Re-Drawing the Map of Cultural Politics Maya Pandit-Narkar Part VI Looking Through 14. Notes on Questions of Dalit Art Deeptha Achar 15. (Re)imaging caste in graphic novels: a study of A Gardener in the Wasteland and Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability Ruchika Bhatia and Devika Mehra 16. Dalits and the Spectacle of Victimhood in Telugu Cinema Chandra Sekhar Bibliography