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Volume 1 Issue 5

October 2014

An Untold Tale from the Margin: A Study of Mahasweta Devi’s Bedanabala: Her Life. Her Times
Mr. Ayon Halder, 
Department of English, 
Kalyani University, 
Chakdaha, West Bengal, India
The much neglected and very often condemned lives of the socially despised women are depicted in Mahasweta Devi’s novella Bedanabala: Her Life. Her Times, in which the novelist makes a sincere attempt to figure out the root cause of the problems embedded in the deep structure of patriarchal society. This is an introspection into the lives of stigmatised women who resurrect themselves from their ignoble condition. But this fictional work is also intended to wage a war against patriarchal hegemonic liberal norms that are strategically maintained in order to perpetuate this tradition. Interestingly, the novelist also subtly points out several other pertinent questions which are inextricably associated with the socio-economic condition of the subordinated gender in the 19th century Bengal.
Mahasweta Devi; Bedanabala: Her Life. Her Times; Patriarchy; Hegemony; Women’s Emancipation.
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