Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2017)
A new woman in Shashi Deshpande’s roots and shadows
Author(s): S Selva Priya, G Shahila, R Niranjanadevi
Abstract: Indian English fiction gives the clear picture of our culture. The prose fiction in English written by Indians is undoubtedly “The most popular vehicle for the transmission of Indian ideas to the wider speaking world” (Williams 109). Women novelists have proved their worth by enriching Indian English fiction with their memorable contribution. Shashi Deshpande is one of the prominent contemporary women writers in India writing in English. She emerged on the Indian fictional scene in 1970s. She is almost incomparable for her portrayal of Indian middle class women. Her novels are mainly based on the lives of woman and their problems particularly in the Indian context. Deshpande’s novels are directly related to Feminism. She encapsulates her artistic vision of feminity. In her novel “Roots and Shadows” deals with feminism in the sense of born out of the dilemma of Indian women placed between the two controversies Tradition and Modernity.