1st Edition

Female Narratives of Protest Literary and Cultural Representations from South Asia

Edited By Nabanita Sengupta, Samrita Sengupta Sinha Copyright 2024
    282 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    282 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book explores the complex assemblage of biopolitics, citizenship, ethics and human rights concerns in South Asia focusing specifically on women poets, writers and artists and their explorations on marginalisation, violence and protest.

    The book traces the origins, varied historiographies and socio-political consequences of women’s protests and feminist discourses. Bringing together narratives of the Landais from Afghanistan, voices from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Miya women poets writing from Assam, and stories of Dalit and queer women across the region, it analyses the diverse modes of women’s protests and their ethical and humanitarian cartographies. The volume highlights the reconfiguration of female voices of protest in contemporary literature and popular culture in South Asia and the formation of closely-knit female communities of solidarity, cooperation and collective political action.

    The book will be of interest to students and researchers of gender studies, literature, cultural studies, sociology, minority and indigenous studies, and South Asian studies.

    List of contributors



    Introduction by Nabanita Sengupta and Samrita Sengupta Sinha

    Part I: Literary Voices of Protest

    1. Poetry and Dissent: Afghan Women’s Poetry
    2. Nishi Pulugurtha

    3. Mapping Shrines of Memory – Aspiration, Repression and Articulation in Contemporary Kashmiri Poetry
    4. Huzaifa Pandit

    5. Piro Prenam – A Voice of Dissent in Kafi Tradition
    6. Ayesha Ramzan

    7. Protest in the Poems of Unish: A Study of Women’s Poetry from Barak Valley
    8. Debashree Chakraborty and Panna Paul

    9. Homes and Warzones in Sri Lanka: Reading Resistance and Protest in Nayomi Munaweera’s Island of aThousand Mirrors
    10. Aditi Upmanyu

    11. "Fairy Tales" and "Crystal Palaces": Negotiating with the Hegemonic images of Gender and Identity in Amruta Patil’s ‘Kari’
    12. Nishtha Dev

    13. Mokashi - Problematising the Political Identity of a Bodo Woman Protestor as Depicted in Mamoni Raisom Goswami’s The Bronze Sword of Thengphakhri Tehsildar (2009)
    14. Snigdha Deka and Rohini Punekar

    15. Religious Fanaticism and the Advent of Protest Narrative: A Study of Asia Bibi’s Blasphemy
    16. Uma Pal

    17. Negotiating Peace and Protest through Conflictual Terrains: A thematic study of Temsula Ao’s short stories
    18. Rashmi Lee George

    19. Aesthetics of Protest: A Study of Select Dalit Women’s Life-Writings in English
    20. Roopa Philip

    21. Centering the Woman Victim’s Conscience in Southern Sri Lanka: Three Recent Interventions as Case Studies
    22. Vihanga Perera

      Part II: Socio-Cultural and Performative spaces of protest

    23. Malady of the Skin and the Construction of Disabled Female Bodies: A Reading through Indian Narratives
    24. Elwin Susan John

    25. Memorialising Gender Violence in south Asia through Contemporary Digital Art
    26. Isha Yadav

    27. Phallic Vigilantes and OTT Platforms: Urban Female Angst in South Asian Cinema
    28. Umar Nizaruddeen

    29. The Other Side of Nostalgia: Dalit Women’s Narratives From the Diaspora
    30. Dhrupadi Chattopadhayay

      Part III: Lived experiences as protest

    31. Rape, Restriction and Protest: A Critical Analysis of the Bangladeshi Female Student Movement.
    32. Shafinur Nahar and Taniah Mahmuda Tinni

    33. The Quest for Dignity, Identity & Equality through Protest Poetry: A case of Miya Women Poets in Assam, India
    34. Wahida Parveez

    35. Samrita Sengupta Sinha in conversation with Dr Anita Sharma
    36. Nabanita Sengupta in conversation with Ms Renju Renjimar



    Nabanita Sengupta is a translator, creative writer and academician. She teaches in an undergraduate college in Kolkata. Her recent published works include, Understanding Women's Experiences of Displacement, Chambal Revisited and A Bengali Lady in England.

    Samrita Sinha is Assistant Professor of English, Sophia College (Autonomous). Her Doctoral thesis is in the domain of Anglophone Women’s literature from the Northeastern Borderlands of India. She is the recipient of Charles Wallace Doctoral Grant for the year 2022-23.