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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.

Partition and the Woman's Body in Bapsi Sidhwa's Cracking India
Partition and the woman's body in Bapsi Sidhwa's cracking India

Cracking India is a guilt narrative. Told within the confessionary mode of an author continents and decades removed from the site of violence, it charts narrative out of the repository of sparse memories of a childhood spent in the ruins of British India as the nation-states of India and Pakistan came into fratricidal being. Bapsi Sidhwa, the Pakistani Canadian author, remembers of her childhood spent in Lahore, the undressed upper body, tussled hair, and dismembered torso of a man spilling out of a gunny sack on a road side, and out of it, she creates the guilt narrative of a Parsi child.

The central character in Sidhwa's novel, Lenny, narrates this episode of history through the ...

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