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Edited by:- Dr S. Chelliah, Dr Bijender Singh

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The term 'Dalit' has often been used in academic discourse representing economic inequality, cultural exile, agonised experience, caste humiliation, social injustice, communal bias, social disability and suppression projecting rather significantly in the works of writers from the Indian subcontinent. While Dalit issues and concerns have drawn sufficient attention of various critics and writers, Dalit Literature in Indian languages is gaining ground recently with a steady leap towards due recognition. This book is a humble attempt to project how Dalit issues and concerns have had a decisive, revisionary impact on the discipline of literary and critical studies. Among first of its kind in India, present anthology of twenty-six research papers on various Dalit themes is bound to prove valuable for academics, students and scholars. As a valuable document of social criticism, this book entitled Dalit Literature: Journey from Repression to Resistance epitomises one healthy step for projecting Dalit consciousness in literature especially in Indian English Literature. In a nutshell, all lovers and readers of literature, especially Dalit Literature will find this book extremely useful and informative. The esteemed contributors, who have enriched this book with their valuable research papers, are
Dr S. Chelliah, Dr Bijender Singh, Dr Shalini Saxena, Harish Mangalam, Dr V. Nagarajan, Dr M. Richard Enrico, Dr C. Ramya, Dr Suruchi Sharma, Dr F. Vincent Rajasekar, Neha Raina, Dr S. Pushpalatha, Dr Ishrat Jahan, K.M. Keerthika, Sanjay Kumar, S. Divya Bharathi, N. Kaushi Reddy, Guni Vats, Disha Sharma, S.F. Filomine White Sheela, Dr Kishore Ram, Dr Kusum Kanger, Dr Prachi Priyanka, A.P. Pavithra Bhuvaneshwari, Dr Jayashree Hazarika, Dr Pallavi Saxena, Dr Sumitra Singh,
Dr Sakunthala A.I. and Dr Sadhana Agrawal.


Dr S. Chelliah is a Professor, Head and Chairperson of the School of English and Foreign Languages, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He did his MA in English Literature from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai and got his PhD degree in English from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai after his committed research pursuit at American Studies Research Centre at Hyderabad. He has produced 17 PhD scholars, more than 195 MPhil scholars and 104 MA projects. He has published 6 books and 222 papers at various national and international journals. He has served as chief guest / guest speaker / special invitee at various national, international, UGC seminars and conferences and also served as an evaluator / adjudicator for more than 50 PhD dissertations at various universities. He has served as the Dean for curriculum development of Madurai Kamaraj University, Director for Board of Studies Section, director for Spoken English Institute of Madurai Kamaraj University, Coordinator for CBCS Wing, liaison officer for SC/ST Cell of Madurai Kamaraj University and member of Board of Studies of both UG / PG of Pondicherry University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Bharathidhasan University, Trichy, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and Gandhigrahm University and an examiner of various colleges / universities at both PG and MPhil levels and also coordinator for UGC remedial coaching scheme for SC/ST/OBC and minority categories. He has been awarded the Best Research Publisher Award (Highest Profile) by Arunai International Research Foundation and awarded DLitt for excellent contribution in English Literature and Language by International Economics University (SAARC Countries) in May 2018.

Dr Bijender Singh (MA, MPhil, PhD, UGC-NET, U-SET, MH-SET, HP-SET, H-TET) presently lives at Rohtak and works as an English lecturer, editor and writer. He has done Sanskrit Honours (Shastri), Art & Crafts Teacher Course and Multi-Purpose Health Worker (Male) Course also. He writes in English, Hindi and Haryanavi. He has been the proud recipient of the Ambedkar Sahitya Ratna Award, Editorial Excellence Award and Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Award. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Expression: An International Multidisciplinary e-Journal. He has written a few essays, some short-stories and many Hindi lyrics, ghazals, nazms and English poems. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals, seminar and conference proceedings and edited anthologies. Many research papers/articles have been written and published on his poetry books. His published books are Late Night Poetry, Confusing Poetry, Love: A Sweet Poison, Gender Discourse in Indian Writings in English, Indian Writing in English: Critical Insights, Indian Dalit Literature: Critical Ruminations, Critical Essays on Indian Diaspora, Indian Dalit Autobiographies: Marginalized Voices, Indian Women Novelists: Feminist Reverberations, Dalit Women's Autobiographies: A Critical Appraisal, Race and Ethnicity: African-American Literature, Female Protagonists in Shashi Deshpande's Novels, Dalit Men's Autobiographies: A Critical Appraisal, Diaspora, Women and the Marginalized: Literary Perspectives, English Language Teaching: Innovations and Practices, V.S. Naipaul: A Critical Evaluation and Comparative Literature: A Global Perspective. Some of his books are available at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA.


Foreword . 9

Introduction . 13

Notes on the Contributors . 25

1. Dalit and Subaltern Consciousness as Projected by Select Indian Novelists in Their Fictional World: A Critical Appraisal . 35
Dr S Chelliah and Dr Bijender Singh

2. The Doubly Oppressed: The Portrayal of Dalit Women in Bama’s Sangati . 43
Dr Shalini Saxena

3. Gujarati Dalit Poetry and Commitment . 55
Harish Mangalam

4. Journey of Marginalisation towards Fruition in Urmila Pawar’s The Weave of My Life . 71
Dr M. Richard Enrico and Dr V. Nagarajan

5. Orthodoxy – A Shameless Pursuit of Identity: Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s Ultimatum Attack on Brahmanic Theories from Who were the Shudras?: A Historical Documentation . 81
Dr C. Ramya

6. Tyranny by the Caste Hierarchs: An Analysis of Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance . 91
Dr Suruchi Sharma

7. Portrayal of the Conditions of Dalits in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable . 101
Dr V. Nagarajan and Dr F. Vincent Rajasekar

8. Meena Kandasamy’s Touch: Vocalisation of Dalit Ordeal . 109
Neha Raina

9. Silence of the Subaltern in Dalit Writings . 127
Dr V. Nagarajan and Dr S. Pushpalatha

10. Performing Resistance or Caste-Pride Celebration: A Study of Selected Indian Dalits Folk-Rap Music . 135
Dr Ishrat Jahan

11. Urmila Pawar’s The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoir – A Brief Analysis . 147
K.M. Keerthika

12. Journey from Marginalisation to Liberation: A Critical Appraisal of Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan: A Dalit’s Life . 157
Sanjay Kumar

13. Picture of Motherhood in Mother of 1084 and Bayen by Mahasweta Devi: A Critical Analysis . 165
S. Divya Bharathi

14. Projection of Dalit Womanism in Gogu Shyamala’s Selected Short-Story Collection Father May Be an Elephant and Mother Only A Small Basket, But An Analysis . 175
N. Kaushi Reddy

15. The Daughters That Weren’t: The Saga of Dalit Feminism . 187
Guni Vats

16. A Threefold Oppression in Bama’s Karukku and P. Sivakami’s The Taming of Women . 197
Disha Sharma

17. Subaltern Voices and Dalit Issues in Bama’s Karukku: A Critical Analysis . 209
S. F. Filomine White Sheela

18. Malayalam Dalit Poetry: A Reflection of Cultural Marginality . 221
Dr S. Chelliah and Dr Kishore Ram

19. Dalit Marginalisation and Caste Atrocities in Sheoraj Singh Bechain’s My Childhood on My Shoulders . 233
Dr Kusum Kanger

20. Looking at Caste, Gender and Dissent in Baburao Bagul’s “Mother” . 243
Dr Prachi Priyanka

21. Juxtaposition of Dalit Narratives with Afro-American Slave Narratives in the Vicinity of Emancipation: A Brief Comparative Note . 255
A.P. Pavithra Bhuvaneshwari

22. Pariah or Harijan: The Struggle of a Lifetime . 265
Dr Jayashree Hazarika

23. Ventriloquising Dalit Repression in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger . 275
Dr Pallavi Saxena

24. Unheard Agonies: An Analysis of Balbir Madhopuri’s Changiya Rukh: Against the Night . 287
Dr Sumitra Singh

25. The Hunted Body and the Haunting Retaliation in Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi . 295
Dr Sakunthala A.I.

26. Hunger, Thievery and Resistance in Laxman Gaikwad’s Uchalya: The Branded . 305
Dr Sadhana Agrawal

Index . 315

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