ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Impossible Subject-Caste and the Gendered Body

The Impossible Subject Caste and the Gendered Body Susie Tharu Through a close reading of two contemporary short stories, which feature widow as the main protagonist, the article attempts to unravel two contesting forces in feminism today. In Gita Hariharan's story ascetic excesses of 19th century ritual brahminism and puritanical disciplining of Nehruvian era are repudiated by robust consumerism of widowed brahmin grandmother. While Baburao Bagul's story underlines the plight of dalit family members unable to achieve subjecthood due to constant annihilation of their being by deprivation and emasculation.

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