Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2015)
Marriage and family - an Indian feministic critique
Author(s): Sarika Goyal
Abstract: The feministic theory all over the world has been shaped by dominant European and American canons. Though there have been diversions from this stream yet the key line is to project the voices of the women writers of the world hitherto silenced by the metanarratives of the world or rejected as mere womanly chatter. The growth of feministic theory and further contributions by the third world writers have widened the scope of feministic analysis though limiting it to geographical, social and cultural arenas at the same time. Keeping these limitations in view the present paper argues that no doubt the feministic discourse across the globe addresses universal themes and issues; it still has a local idiom that caters to socio-cultural scenario of a particular region. On the same basis, any interpretation of Indian feministic theory cannot be a blind imitation of Western counterparts but it will have to take into account indigenous writers varied as they are in terms of scope and content. Scanning Indian literature, chiefly the north Indian one, the present study critically analyses and evaluates some thematic concerns in the works of three Indian women writers. One is Mahadevi Varma, a Hindi writer and other two are Women writing in Panjabi. Based on reading of individual stories of these three, the paper will put forth some assumptions required for delineating an Indian feministic theory that can be extended and explored further.