Deracinated Subaltern: The Tribes in Mahasweta Devi’s ‘Chotti Munda & His Arrow’ and Kamala Markandaya’s ‘The Coffer Dams’

Authors

  • G. Vidhya Lakshmi PhD Research Scholar, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, India,
  • Dr. M. Natarajan Assistant Professor, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, India.

Abstract

Subaltern consciousness in the recent literary discourse has shifted the concentration from the mainstream society towards the minority circles. The historical, political, cultural and geographical orientations of the subalterns which are once sidelined by the elites are retraced. The present realities and the needs of the neglected sects are being probed in the current scenario in social and political space highly. This has set a stage for relocating the literary lineage that has encoded the plights and predicaments of the indigenous subaltern not only within the Third World nations but also in the First World and the Second World Countries. This paved way for the emergence of the Fourth World for the suppressed first groups of our society in the postcolonial era. In this paper, the researcher tends to the postcolonial perspective to spotlight the forced displacement, identity crisis and the sociocultural issues of the Indian tribes as presented by the duo, Mahasweta Devi and Kamala Markandaya in their respective novels ‘Chotti Munda & His Arrow’ and ‘The Coffer Dams’.      

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Published

2018-07-28