Re-visioning the Self in Volgaâ€™s The Liberation of Sita
Re-vision, as defined by Adrienne Rich is â€œan act of looking back, of entering into an old text from a new critical traditionâ€ (â€˜â€™When We Dead Awakenâ€™, 35). For women writers today, this process becomes an act of survival as well as a quest for identity. Re-visioning in the hands of women writers has evolved into a revisionist remaking of the past and thereby a reinvention of a new tradition â€“ that of writing back to the centre.
Women writers like Angela Carter, Mahasweta Devi, Sunita Namjoshi, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Pratibha Ray have rewritten and retold myths. They have deconstructed the myths that denigrate powerful women like Circe, Medusa, Siren and they have reinterpreted the older myths by demolishing the stereotypes popularised by patriarchal discourse.