Confronting Patriarchal Violence: A Comparative Reading of Mahasweta Devi's "Draupadi" and Ambai's "Black Horse Square."

Rekha; Beniwal, Anup
March 2008
ICFAI Journal of English Studies;Mar2008, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p34
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
By critically focusing on two stories, i.e., Mahasweta Devi's "Draupadi" and Ambai's "Black Horse Square", and reading them with and against each other, this paper tries to showcase how these writers offer two distinct, yet overlapping perspectives on the causes and consequences of the sociocultural violence against women. Both of them diagnose this violence as a function of the conflict between representation and self-presentation of woman. Through these stories, these authors destabilize the patriarchal representationalpraxis in order to etch out a blueprint for agential and representational empowerment.


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