Having tried her hand in novels and short stories and being successful, she has also written one feminist play We Are So Different Now (2009) published in 2011. Shauna Singh Baldwin's engrossment in the character of Draupadi from Mahabharata the "Quintessential dark heroine of Indian mythology" ( An epic retelling: Akila Kannadasan. Web source) seems to be evoked due to her unconventional life full of vicissitudes. The predicament of Draupadi's life in Mahabharata attracts the attention of any writer and Shauna Singh Baldwin is no exception in this regard. Biljana Doric - Francuski, in her article " Woman as Godess or Woman as Victim?
The first chapter makes an introductory assessment of Indian English women novelists in general and makes a brief survey of the portrayal of women with specific account of suffering and discrimination in particular. It deals with the development of genre ‘novel’ in Indian English literature with the focus of women novelists of the period. This chapter explores the fictional portrayal of suffering woman and her subjugated status in the male dominated society. It explores that the women were fated to suffer and struggle right from birth to their death. It is observed that women are still suffering and their struggle has not ended yet.
That was why she got inspired to write about women and their strengths in order to survive in modern society. Woolf dedicated her major novels to analyze the patriarchal English society. Different types of women are portrayed in various contexts. She opened women’s eyes on their inferior status and provided them with a female tradition to rely on. She strives to provide women with the proper clues for having a meaning in life.
Three stories that a run together creates a magnificent picture of women centered Jahajin. The novel has four women protagonists, namely, the narrator Deeda, Sunnariya, and Saranga, whose life stories are intricately connected yet run parallel to each other. (2, The Trinidadian Deewani) At certain extent Saranga’s story is a heart of the narrative. It has multiple layers of meaning and can be analyzed, interpreted in different ways. Story of Saranga binds all the stories together.
As Helen Cixous suggests, Gilman “breaks up truth with laughter.” (11) Although it was written hundred years ago yet it has so much relevance in the contemporary world. By strongly criticizing the culture and tradition of outside world, Gilman has brought this imaginary world with a feminist perspective. She has presented in her novel that, gender difference, suppression and oppression of women, sexual harassment, rape, will continue throughout the years. Gilman’s works are strongly embedded and connected with women like Women and Economics, Concerning Children, The home: Its work and Influence and many more. Herland depicts the breakdown of isolated society and expresses the changed ideas and the conflict between the outside world and their world.
It would not be an overstatement that women writers today are driven by the urge to bring forth the experiences of women. Namita Gokhale belongs to the same class of writers who write enigmatic stories with female protagonists. She has a great interest in epic heroines especially her Shakuntala: The play of Memory is modelled on Kalidasa famous Shakuntala. It must have been Gokhale’s desire to reread the ancient heroines through the prism of female identity that shaped the genesis of her book. And the results are quite fascinating for the modern readers who find a new perspective in Gokhale’s rendering of the epic Shakuntala.
The movement from the outward gross realities to inward complexities found as its mouth piece a number of women novelists who by the peculiar situation of their existence have been able to see the Indian complexities from close quarters, where constraints of varied hues and shades work upon the sensitive individual. Of these women novelists, Anita Desai happens to be the leading voice. She has fascinating stories to tell about individuals who have to traverse a ground too tricky and treacherous to handle smoothly. Anita Desai has become a recorder of the dilemma faced by an individual in the Indian urban set-up. She gets interested in analysis and portrayal of human relationship.
Shashi Deshpande presents a sensitive portrayal of Indian Womanhood treading the labyrinthine paths of human mind with a rare gift for sharp psychological insights into the subtleties of the human female, supported with rich evocative, unassuming and pretentious style. She delicately delineates the swings of mood, the seesaw moments of joy and despair, the fragments of feelings perceived and suppressed, heart-wringing anguish of the narrator protagonist Jaya, a housewife and a failed writer. Her unequivocal feminist stand has got her a distinctive place in the contemporary Indian English fiction. Her themes are based on lives and problems of women only. Her novels are in themselves the schools of psyche of those people whose capacity for rational thought vanishes on being victimized to traumatic experience ‘That Long Silence’, (1988) is a novel of woman and her life Shashi Deshpande confesses that “only a woman could read my books - they are written from the inside, as it were.” (.1) Her novels are autobiographical in nature depicting her own experiences of the educated middle class Indian women’s predicament and they tend to be gender specific.
ABSTRACT Literature is the amalgamation of imagination and reality. It tries to portray reality of the human life and existence. It endeavors to find solutions to the universal questions related with human being and those solutions carry certain human experiences .In Bengal, Mahasweta Devi has voiced and represented the trials and tribulations of the downtrodden tribal. In some short stories, she has profoundly portrayed the haunting experiences of Dalit women, the plight of her survival. She also reveals the dark face of so-called civilized society through a narration of the untold sufferings of a tribal woman.