DR. DEEPALI SHARMA
The present study focuses not only on the struggle of feminist writers to give voice to the problems and issues of woman in Indian society but also on the emergence of the treatment of woman in Indian writing in English in the feminist and post-feminist era. The research work will also reflect the various feminist issues which were raised in the novels of the earlier scribblers like Raja Rao, R.K. Narayan and Mulk Raj Anand but with a difference and counts all the efforts made after the attainment of independence towards highlighting the plight of woman in Indian Fiction by the modern feminist novelists like Anita Desai, Shashi Deshpande, Arundhati Roy and Manju Kapur from equality to the search of identity. Conscious and sustained efforts have been made by innumerable writers in order to sectionalize the dilemma of woman from numerous angels. The earlier scribblers exhibited the traditional image of woman like Sita or Savitri, a gadget or remorse, but afterwards as time changed, the lifelike image of woman, her non-completion and seclusion began to manifest which was dealt very well by the modern Indian post-feminist novelists. The initiation of prodigal English education not only originated verifiable mutation in the middle class walk of life but also propogated a consciousness and the freedom in the psyche of woman.
Key Words: Feminism, Post-feminism, Gender discrimination, Patriarchy, Psyche, Identity.