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Women Writing Violence engages with select contemporary novels in which women characters resist violence and redefine notions of community by imagining bonds with the exiled and the disempowered.

The author interweaves the literary landscapes of African-American writer Toni Morrison with the oeuvre of South Asian writers Mridula Garg, Tahmina Durrani, Amrita Pritam, Bapsi Sidhwa, and Mahasweta Devi. This results in the opening of a new gateway into the thinking about violence and survival through a feminist, transnational lens.

Subramanian places women's literary imaginary at the margins of both the nation-state and the patriarchal community. She creates a specifically female language and emphasizes the ingenious ways in which women characters in novels restore dignity and agency to their kin and beloved. The book focuses on voice and narrative techniques within the novel and transgresses the confines of the Enlightenment discourse to reckon with conceptual categories such as community and belonging.

Specters of Public Massacre: Violence and the Collective in Toni Morrison's Paradise
Specters of public massacre: Violence and the collective in Toni Morrison's paradise

Community lies at the heart of Toni Morrison's novel, Paradise (1998). Toni Morrison weaves together African American history with the biblical exodus of the Hebrews to the Promised Land to create the question mark that begins this novel: Why does community based on commonly understood principles of love, familiality, trust, and shelter finally extinguishes its own? Put more precisely, how does community turn itself from a place of shelter to a place of punishment? In the novel then, community transforms from a space of life to one of death, and thereby, I pose, community is finite, containing in its genesis seeds of its own destruction.

In Jean-Luc Nancy's theses—community arises in the ...

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