Reinterpretation Of Shauna Singh Baldwin's We Are So Different Now

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Name (in full) of Participant: Smt. Himanshu Kandpal Designation: Assistant professor in English Name of the Institution: Govt. M.S. College for women, Bikaner (Rajasthan) E- Mail Address: Contact Number: 09784728738 Title of the proposed paper: Reinterpretation of Draupadi's myth in Shauna Singh Baldwin's play We Are So Different Now Abstract Myths are important part of any culture and society. Indian scriptures abound in mythological stories which are reinterpreted and revised numerous times by the contemporary writers because these stories are deeply ingrained in the collective unconscious of Indian society and forms the ideological basis of thinking. The epic of Mahabharata is among the most…show more content…
Shauna Singh Baldwin (born 1962) is a Canadian- American novelist of Indian descent. She belongs to second generation of diasporic writers. Baldwin's creativity as a writer traversed the boundaries thus enriching the experience of readers of three countries - India, Canada and America. Shauna Singh Baldwin is familiar with Indian cultural myths and there effect on Indian psyche as a whole. 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 role of women in the Mahabharata and Chitra Divakaruni's The Palace of Illusions" contained in the book Literary Location and Dislocation of Myth in the Post colonial Anglophone World, accounts for…show more content…
We do not want to demolish them, we need them to live by, they have shaped our ideas for a great many years, they embody our dreams. To destroy them would be to leave a large dent in the fabric of our culture. On the other hand, if we are not able to make them meaningful to our lives, they will cease to survive. In India, especially myths have an extraordinary vitality, continuing to give people same truths about themselves, about the human condition in general. What woman writers are doing today is not a rejection of myths, but a meaningful and creative reinterpretation of them. We are looking for a fresh knowledge of ourselves in them, trying to discover what is relevant today. (Afterward, The Stone Women,

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