This book explores the gendered contexts of the Indian nation through a rigorous analysis of selected women’s fiction ranging from diverse linguistic, geographical, caste, class, and regional contexts.

Indian women’s writing across languages, texts, and contexts constitutes a unique narrative of the post-independence nation. This volume highlights the ways in which women writers negotiate the patriarchal biases embedded in the epistemological and institutional structures of the post-independence nation-state. It discusses works of famous Indian authors like Amrita Pritam, Jyotirmoyee Devi, Mannu Bhandari, Mahasweta Devi, Mridula Garg, Nayantara Sahgal, Indira Goswami, and Alka Saraogi, to name a few, and facilitates a pan-Indian understanding of the concerns taken up by these women writers. In doing so, it shows how ideas travel across regions and contribute towards building a thematic critique of the oppressive structures that breed the unequal relations between the margins and the centre.

The volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers of gender studies, women’s studies, South Asian literature, political sociology, and political studies.

chapter |32 pages


chapter 1|35 pages

Women as ‘Citizens’

Gendered violence in Partition narratives by women

chapter 2|30 pages

Feminist Negotiation of Autarchy

Going beyond victimhood

chapter 3|35 pages

Negotiating Structural Inequalities

Marriage, domesticity, divorce, and widowhood in post-independence India

chapter 5|36 pages

Writings from the Margins

Dalit and Muslim women’s narratives

chapter |9 pages