Dr. Indrani Singh Rai

Associate Professor

Amity School of Languages

Amity University Chhattisgarh




Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bengali novelist of nineteenth century, tries to search for a viable identity and to explore gender in his Bengali novel Kapalkundala. The yellow pages of forlorn history of Bengal replicate a utopian land which tries to re-imagine the concept of the masculine and the feminine, and to retrieve the gender identities. The flow of literature carries the reflection of society always and so Bankim can be seen as re-visioning nexus between individual and society and interrogating the patriarchal societal makeup of nineteenth century Bengal. His message is that if female is suffocated with gratuitous force, she will have to accept her own system for survival to rescue her from a belligerent society. The void that she feels within the pits of her soul is truly existentialistic and this has to be opposed to connect the individual with the main flow of life and to rescue her from perpetual seclusion. This paper tries to explore the theme of repression and resistance and finally ignoring and interrogating nexus, an unyielding seek for emancipation.

Keywords: Society, Nexus, Gender, Emancipation

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Interrogating Nexus: A Study of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Kapalkundala