Voices of Stifled for Emancipation and Empowerment in the Select novels of Shashi Deshpande


  • K., Manjula Ph.D Scholar, Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  • Dr.P. Madhan Associate Professor, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Alagappa University, Karaikudi


Indian Literature in English reflects Indian life with its various aspects. Indian English
novels in particular can be used as a means of social change and a reform in India. A true
story of Indian English novel began with the writings of ‘The Trio of Indian English fiction
’RajaRao, R.K.Narayan and Muk Raj Anand, who uses novel as a medium to portray India
and Indian life with its strength and weakness, issues and problems ,ills and evils. Indian
English novel witnessed a lot of change owing to the writings of eminent writers like Arundathi
Roy, Rohinton Mistry, Manju Kapur,Kamala Markandya ,Shashi Deshpande and many others.
The prime aim of this paper is to project, in the simplest possible way,the world of
female controlled and dominated by the males in Indian patriarchy, with special focus on
Shashi Deshpande’s novels .Deshpande, an award winning Indian woman novelist, started
her literary career as a short- story writer with the publication of her first short story in
1970.Her novel That Long Silence published in the U.K in 1988 won her Sahitya Academy
Award. She was also awarded Padma Shri in 2009 for her contribution to the field of Indian
English novel.


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Manjula, K., & Madhan, D. (2017). Voices of Stifled for Emancipation and Empowerment in the Select novels of Shashi Deshpande. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 5(10), 11. Retrieved from https://www.ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/3029