Radical Resistance: A Study of Mahasweta Devi’s Douloti and “Draupadi”
This article seeks to critically examine Mahasweta Devi’s Douloti and “Draupadi” to address the way patriarchy intersects with caste, class and state to produce the many-hued violence that targets tribal women and their body, and most importantly, the methods tribal women employ to resist exploitation, overcome marginalization and make their voice heard. During analysis of the selected texts, I shall also have occasions to cite analogy from Devi’s other stories from her collections Breast Stories (1997), Five Plays (1997), Imaginary Maps (2001), and After Kurukshetra (2005). I shall employ the theories of post colonialism, feminism and subaltern studies to illustrate how the female body is implicated in an emancipatory politics and a narrative of resistance, which Douloti and Draupadi work out in strikingly different ways.
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