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Emerging South Asian Women Writers

Essays and Interviews


Feroza Jussawalla and Deborah Fillerup Weagel

This volume was conceived as a space to provide visibility for South Asian women writers whose work has not had much exposure in the West. It contributes to the knowledge of South Asian women writers by including scholarship not only on little-known writers but also by scholars from India – in particular, those whose voices do not necessarily find themselves in western academic publications.
Many South Asian women writers engage with the overall quest for survival, which can be affiliated with all the themes expressed in this volume: trauma, diaspora, injustice, resistance, place, space, language, and identity. The texts discussed herein contribute to the ongoing discourse related to such themes in postcolonial studies and transnational literature, and could be used in courses on South Asian literature, women’s writing, postcolonial studies and literature, and world or transnational literature.
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5. Women Trapped in a Quagmire: A Study of Mrinal Pande’s My Own Witness


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Mrinal Pande (b. 1946), daughter of Shivani, a celebrated Hindi woman novelist, is a well-known Indian author, journalist, and television personality. She was also the Public Service Broadcaster of the country. The first Indian woman to be the editor-in-chief of a multi-edition national daily newspaper, she is the founder president of the Indian Women’s Press Corps. She has been the group editor of the Hindi publications of the Hindustan Times houses: the daily Hindustan, a monthly digest Kadambini, and a magazine for children, Nandan. She has also been the editor of Vama and Saptahik Hindustan and senior editorial adviser to NDTV. She has anchored the Hindi news for Doordarshan, written columns for the Hindu and thePunjab Kesari, hosted a weekly interview show (Baaton Baaton Mein) on Lok Sabha TV, and worked for a couple of years on the National Commission for Self-Employed Women probing the conditions of rag-pickers, vegetable sellers, and domestics. She has written extensively in Hindi and English, including novels, short stories, plays, and essays. She is known for her editorship of celebrated Hindi magazines and national daily, for her probing analysis of contemporary women’s and socio-political issues in India, for her regular columns, for her works in Hindi, but not for her two English novels. She enjoys a respectable and enviable place in the history of Hindi literature, but her two English novels have not yet attracted much attention from readers and critics.

Daughter’s Daughter (1993), her first English novel, presents...

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