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.
Chapter 2: Imagining Community in Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones
Imagining Community in Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones
In The Farming of Bones (1998), Edwidge Danticat writes about the tragic episode in Haitian history when thousands were massacred in 1937 by the Dominican president at the time, Rafael Trujillo. Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian-American writer whose literary works abound with themes of arrivals, memories, losses, acculturations and other crises in the context of Haitian communal experience in the United States, dwells on this historical chapter which left its mark on twentieth century Haitian history as well as Haitian and Dominican relations. In this novel, Danticat writes about this historical event by telling about the lives of a young pair of lovers, Amabelle Désir and Sebastien Onius, Haitians who work at the plantation of a Dominican family. The novel ...