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Volume 2 Issue 4

September 2015

Can the Marginalized Speak? Raising Women Voices in Shashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No Terrors and That Long Silence
Mr. Anandamay Das , 
Research Fellow, 
Department of English, 
Rabindra Bharati University, 
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Abstract
Marginality is generally used to describe and analyse socio-cultural, political and economic spheres, where disadvantaged people struggle to gain access to resources, and full participation in social life. Marginality in the 20th century does not only involve the condition of the underprivileged class or race but also the real condition and position of women in the society. The eternal struggle of women attempting to occupy the central position in the patriarchal societal structure has been and still is a major subject for marginality-related discussion. My paper would discuss how the oppressed voices, the identity of the ‘subaltern’ or ‘other’ women are silenced and ignored, through a re-reading of Shashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No Terrors and That Long Silence where she talks about the victims who are always trying to raise their voices against this unjust male-dominated society.
Keywords
Marginality; Subaltern; Other; Silence; Identity; Feminism.
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