A Critical Analysis of the Pathetic Condition of Marginalized Tribal Women through selected Works of Mahashweta Devi

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The fact of marginalization has always been a social problem; today it has become a social reality, which cannot be denied. Since the very existence of human beings on earth, man has ever been yearning for power and sovereignty. Initially, man’s desire was a need, a compulsion for his own survival. Gradually, the urge to overpower all aloud him, become his obsession. This obsession is largely practiced in marginalizing women in tribal society.
The ground of marginalization can be divided into sub categories according to their nature. In the stream of marginalization, women are in worse situation. They are marginalized on the basis of unspoken and unwritten laws of the man constructed society.
Mahasweta Devi, a Bengali writer has written over a hundred books on the tribes in the form of novel, short stories and plays. Tribal exploitation, women’s exploitation, non-tribal other backward castes’ exploitation are the different layers of running theme in her works. I have chosen a study of the pathetic condition of tribal women for discussion in selected works—After Kurushetra: Three Stories, Draupadi from collection of Breast Stories and first two stories from the collection of short stories Outcast: Four Stories of Mahasweta Devi.

Keywords: Marginalization, Tribal Women, Gender, Mahasweta Devi
Stream: Gender and Sexuality
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in Themed Session in English
Paper: Critical Analysis of the Pathetic Condition of Marginalized Tribal Women through selected Works of Mahashweta Devi, A

Jaya Singh

Research Scholar, Department of English and MEL, University of Allahabad
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

I am doing research on the topic Study of Fractured Identities of Women in Selected Works of Mahasweta Devi and Toni Morrison. In this research project, I will do a comparative study of women representation in different cultural background of India and US through short stories and novels of Mahasweta Devi and Toni Morrison. My interest is dong research on global women issues and study of projection of women in Indian Literature in English and African-American Literature. I have written two articles in national and An International journals. Publication of two articles is under conversation in two International journal and literary magazine. I have attended and presented papers in national and International seminars, conferences and workshops. I am holding the memberships of SCILIET Library, Madurai, Tamilnadu, Oamania University Centre For International Programmes.,Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad, American Council Library, New Delhi, MELUS & MELOU, Hyderabad and Centre of Women’s Studies, University of Allahabad.

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