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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Subalternity of a Voiceless Dalit Woman: A Study of Sivakami’s The Grip of Change
Mr. Sunil Kumar, 
Department of English, 
Banaras Hindu University, 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Writings of minorities and the other marginal voices have found a perfect platform in the literary scenario - be it feministic writing, queer theories, displaced writings of Diaspora or Dalit writings. Despite social, economic, political and developmental endeavours, Dalits still are at periphery in the mainstream society. Popping up of queer theories in the contemporary scenario has already pushed aside the feminist writings in academic area of gender studies. And this already marginalized movement has further side-lined the issues of Dalit women. Although Dalit movement started in mid nineteenth century for the uplift of these marginalized communities, but issues of Dalit women are still neglected not only by mainstream feminist literary movement but also by patriarchal Dalit movement. The plight of a Dalit becomes all the more pathetic when a Dalit is a woman. She has to face not only the caste discrimination but the gender inequalities and economic disparities too. A Dalit woman is thrice victimized — by caste-Hindu men, caste-Hindu women and Dalit men, simultaneously. This paper aims at foregrounding the oppression of a Dalit woman at three levels - gender, caste and class with reference to P. Sivakami’s novel The Grip of Change (2006).
Oppression; Dalit Women; Sivakami; The Grip of Change.
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