Professor Supriya Agarwal

Head Department of English

Dean School of Humanities and Languages

Central university of Rajasthan


Abstract: Aesthetics is defined in terms of the study of beauty and taste. Its effect lies in the perception of appealing and enrapturing subjects. However, the center of such subjects of art and literature do not remain the same. The center of aesthetic effects of literature from Middle to Sixteenth century was established due to theological strains, and from Eighteenth to Modern period was due to Secularism. The aesthetic effects of contemporary literature, especially South Asian literature or say postcolonial literature, persists in significance due to the effect of conflict between two worlds: the established world of the family, society, state and nation, and to be established world based on individuals’ dream and vision and the outlook of revaluation of the established structures of the society.

In order to examine the investigation of such truths, the paper experiments with aesthetics of Politics and Gender as an approach to reading the memoirs of Nayantara Sahgal and Sara Suleri. There are many examples in these narratives of the self that illustrate how the existence of anyone relates itself with the   existence of others, and how these illustrations expound the theory of ‘Politics and Gender aestheticized.’ Thus, the paper aims at defining the differences between the subjects of the axiological ethics and the subjects of contemporary aesthetics of South Asian literature.

Key Words: Aesthetics, Politics, Gender, Memoir, Self, Conflict, South-Asian

Aestheticized Politics and Gender in the Memoirs of Nayantara Sahgal and Sara Suleri