Friday, September 20, 2019

Books

In this section, find listicles of Indian feminist books, book reviews and book excerpts by Feminism in India.

Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi As A Symbol Of Subaltern Defiance

In Draupadi, Devi presents a strong woman who despite being marginalised and exploited, transgresses conventional sexual and societal standards.
Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre

The Madwoman In The Attic: How “Mad” Was Bertha Mason In Jane Eyre?

Jane Eyre is a strong female protagonist, but does she strip away the voice and identity of Rochester's supposed mad ex-wife Bertha Mason?
Indian women authors

9 Indian Women Authors To Look Forward To In 2018

In an effort to fill the gap in literary social conscience at large, here is a list of 9 Indian women authors you should look out for.
Joothan

Joothan By Om Prakash Valmiki – Book Review

Joothan reveals that the instances of violence caused due to caste system remains etched throughout one’s life.

The Autobiography of a Sex Worker By Nalini Jameela: Book Review

Nalini Jameela lays out a powerful narration of the patriarchal oppression faced by women through her own experience as a sex worker.
Book Review: Seeing Like A Feminist By Nivedita Menon

Book Review: Seeing Like A Feminist By Nivedita Menon

Seeing Like a Feminist is not exclusively about the challenges faced by feminism in India; because this is a book on feminism, it belongs to the library of the global and intersectional movement of feminism that has no borders.
A scene from Tagore's Streer Patra

Finding Feminism In Rabindranath Tagore’s Streer Patra

Rabindranath Tagore used his writing to effect a cultural revolution. Streer Patra exposes the plight of widows in 19th century Bengal.
Draupadi

The Draupadis Of Today: Exploring Draupadi With A Feminist Lens

But what Draupadi is remembered for is not the fierce, intelligent woman that she was but the woman who was disrobed at the great hall and had to be saved by Krishna. Casting her into the role of a damsel in distress who needs saving is a betrayal to the fierceness of her soul.
A Feminist Reading Of Chauthi Ka Joda By Ismat Chughtai

A Feminist Reading Of Chauthi Ka Joda By Ismat Chughtai

In Chauthi ka Joda', Ismat Chughtai criticizes the goal of marriage as an endpoint for women and the disastrous consequences that can arise.
Baburao Bagul's 'Mother': A Story Of Dual Oppression

A Feminist Reading Of Baburao Bagul’s Mother: A Story Of Dual Oppression

Baburao Bagul illustrates the dilemmas of a mother stuck at the intersectionality of caste and patriarchy, bound by her motherly duties.

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The Shortcomings Of Affirmative Action In India— A Chapter On Caste

The Shortcomings Of Affirmative Action In India— A Chapter On Caste

India boasts of the oldest and among the farthest-reaching set of affirmative action policies, enshrined within the constitution, created for the purpose of tackling caste-based discrimination and generations of injustice. Despite this, the goal of the annihilation of caste is far from being actualised.
Why Do Bollywood Movies About Women Have Male Protagonists?

Why Do Bollywood Movies About Women Have Male Protagonists?

Over the past two decades, many Bollywood films that have been hailed as women empowerment movies. But are these movies actually giving us powerful female protagonists, or just a reiteration of gender roles through male protagonists?
Can Marriage Truly Be A Feminist Institution?

The Futile Quest For A Feminist Marriage In Today’s World

The question, however, is that even after getting rid of sexist practices and beliefs, can there be a feminist marriage?