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Speech and Silence - Literary Journeys by Gujarati Women
Speech and Silence - Literary Journeys by Gujarati Women

Speech and Silence - Literary Journeys by Gujarati Women

by Rita Kothari

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Product ID:18268

Language

English

Publisher

Kali/Zubaan

ISBN

8186706984 - Year: 2006 - Pages: 151

Binding

Paperback

Rita Kothari

Author: Rita Kothari
Publisher: Kali/Zubaan
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 151
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186706984

Description

This anthology is not only about what Gujarati women speak, but also what they don’t. In a state that registers increasing cases of violence against women, what kind of truths does its literature embody?

If malestream writing in Gujarat seldom mirrors its everyday truths, do the women risk unplesantness? Kothari’s introduction builds upon such premises and leads the reader to a trajectory of women writers from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day, starting with the journal entries of a dancer at the end of the nineteenth century, to the journal entries of an academic woman at the end of the twentieth.

The wide range of stories and fictional experts show Gujarati women inhabit their fictional worlds. The trajectory hints at an imperceptible shift from muffled voices to more candid ways of being, and yet it never loses completely the middle-class genteelness that characterizes literary discourses in Gujarat.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Entries from Vanamala’s Diary: (An Account of a Tragic Decline)
The Jungle of Words
The Savior
Is There Colour?
Neither Within Parantheses Nor Without
I= Story/Story =I
Doors
SeedsHumalitation
Indubhai
Shakti
Doormat
Heartburn
Kalapani
The Stairs
Entries from Mira Yagnik’s Diary
Hasmukhbhabhi
The Transience of Things

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