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	Between Norms and Transgression: Emergence of the Female Subject in Krishna Sobti's Eai Ladki and Mitro Marjani

Between Norms and Transgression: Emergence of the Female Subject in Krishna Sobti's Eai Ladki and Mitro Marjani

Savita SINGH (IGNOU, Delhi)

21 juin 2016 | 14h30 - 16h30

Salle 640, 190 avenue de France 75013 Paris

Dans le cadre de l'atelier thématique : L’amour entre norme et transgression : art, histoire, fiction

 

The literary world of Hindi fiction has been one in which feminine and masculine subjects have struggled towards self - formation in a rather unique way. Almost in a simultaneous process, they have happened as events of modernity in Hindi language. Redefining the world in which they find themselves thrown in, they confront the pressure of patriarchy which got reshaped through the discourse of Indian nationalism. From Premchand to Jainendra Kumar, and down to Krishna Sobti, you see a literary world in which issues of sexuality reverberate, sometimes subtly, at times a little too loudly. In Krisna Sobti, the language of desire is contemplative and articulate to the extent that it becomes one with the desire of autonomy by which a subject achieves herself in her fiction. The Ladki of “ Ai Ladki" and  the Mitro  of  "Mitro Marjani", both emerge as feminine subjects desiring freedom, quite antithetical to how the feminine subjects were traditionally defined. It primarily meant transgressing the traditional norms of patriarchy and in fact, by this transgression they came to be, rather precariously as modern subjects. There is a unique arrival of the female body here with desires expressed, receiving a violent rebuttal in the process. But there is also a resolve to settle down for some time in this mode of being, embattled. There is a clear acquisition of new resources here for this feminine self to press ahead. And through the  female protagonists of both, Ai Ladki "and "Mitro Marjani", Krishna Sobti, as a feminist writer also moves to the centre of  Hindi literature.

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