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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Recuperation of Marginalized Muslim Womanhood: A Reading of Attia Hossain’s The Sunlight on a Broken Column
Mr. Auritra Munshi, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
University of North-Bengal, 
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Abstract
Attia Hossain emerged in British India during the communal carnage of 1940s. She not only depicts the partition of British India into India and Pakistan but also shows the worst impact of the partition that ignited the communal fervor consequently triggering off the violence between Hindus and Muslims. However, she is the first Muslim novelist having a sheer propinquity to elicit the battered Muslim women from the societal surveillance which immures or stagnates the women’s condition. And her debut novel The Sunlight on a Broken Column reverberates her resistance against the rigid myopic chauvinistic world by portraying her alter-ego Laila who is seeking individuality in choosing her male partner. The present paper aims at exploring marginalization of Muslim womanhood and the consequent emancipation from their colonial subjection.
Keywords
Patriarchy, Feminism, Attia Hossain; The Sunlight on a Broken Column.
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