Science Fiction and Indian Women Writers
Exploring Radical Potentials
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Science fiction as the literature of fantasy goes beyond the mundane to ask what if things were different from the way they are. It often challenges the real, builds on imagination, does not limit the human, and encourages readers to think beyond their social and cultural conditioning.
This book presents a systematic study of Indian Women’s Science Fiction. It critically analyses the works of Rokeya Shekhawat Hossein, Manjula Padmanabhan, Priya Sarukkai Chabria and Vandana Singh. The author not only looks at the evolution of science fiction writing in India, but also discusses the use of innovations and unique themes; science fiction in different Indian languages; the literary, political, and educational activism of the women writers; and, eco-feminism and the idea of cloning in writing to argue that this genre could be looked at as representation of freedom of expression and radical literature.
First of its kind, this volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of English literature, Indian literature, science and technology studies, women’s and gender studies, comparative literature and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Science Fiction as a Genre 2. Indian Science Fiction 3. Contemporary Indian Science Fiction Writers and their Works 4. Radical Elements and the use of Conjunctions 5. Contradictions through Disjunctions. Conclusion
Urvashi Kuhad is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi, India. She was awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Fellowship (2010-11) to visit the University of Texas at Austin, USA, where she served as a young ambassador to the host country, and was also invited for a graduate teaching assistantship to the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2011-12. Dr Kuhad has published with several national and international publications on the intersections of identity and imagination. Her research taps into the latest developments in Indian science fiction to investigate its radical potentials.