The author interweaves the literary landscapes of African-American writer Toni Morrison with the oeuvre of South Asian writers Mridula Garg, Tahmina Durrani, Amrita Pritam, Bapsi Sidhwa, and Mahasweta Devi. This results in the opening of a new gateway into the thinking about violence and survival through a feminist, transnational lens.
Subramanian places women's literary imaginary at the margins of both the nation-state and the patriarchal community. She creates a specifically female language and emphasizes the ingenious ways in which women characters in novels restore dignity and agency to their kin and beloved. The book focuses on voice and narrative techniques within the novel and transgresses the confines of the Enlightenment discourse to reckon with conceptual categories such as community and belonging.
|Introduction: Questions of Community in the Contemporary Literary Context|
|Specters of Public Massacre: Violence and the Collective in Toni Morrison's Paradise|
|Imagining Community in Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones|
|Partition and the Women's Body in Bapsi Sidhwa's Cracking India|
|Beyond Cloisters of Domesticity: Tahmina Durrani's Kufr, Mridula Garg's Kathgulab, and Mahasweta Devi's Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa|
|The Cracking of India in Amrita Pritam's Pinjar and Mohandas Naimishrai's Aaj Bazaar Band Hai|
|Conclusion: Notes from the Trenches of Patriarchy|