Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Re-presenting the Self: A Study of Amrita Pritam’s autobiographies The Revenue Stamp and Shadow of Words
Author(s): Deepti Dharmani, Anshu Sailpar
Abstract: The study of self has been invariably a multifarious subject to tackle with due to its suppleness. This is perhaps the reason that all philosophers in all times have tried to interpret according to their own ways. Amrita Pritam is a well-known Punjabi author. She is primarily a poet and her poetic self is re-presented in her autobiographies namely The Revenue Stamp and Shadow of Words. She resorts to self reflexivity through these autobiographies. She puts a deep urge to produce autobiography (ies) to re-present her ‘self’ without resorting to the use of tropes. Hence for her autobiographies were as much represented as they name re-presentation of their self. The present paper undertakes an investigation into the self-representation in the autobiographies/autobiographical works exploring how Amrita wrote not as much to describe herself as what she is but how did she become what she is. Hence the study of self invariably becomes a study of self both as an object as well as subject. An analysis of her self representation also paves way to understand their contribution to the literary tradition of autobiography besides providing a discourse to the public.