Introducing â€œAn Introductionâ€: Kamala Das the poet of the female â€˜Otherâ€™
Keywords:alienation, male fantasy, margin, master-slave conflict, patriarchy, sexual politics, subaltern.
: Kamala Das, labeled as â€œthe Mother of Modern Indian English Poetryâ€, was of the view that marriage for women in any third world country leads to sufferings on account of their gendered experiences. They live a status of â€˜otherâ€™ not only in the macro world but also in the micro world. The dialectic of man-woman relationship is poetically presented by her in the semblance of master-slave one in the postcolonial scenario. It is â€œan introductionâ€ into their own desired land comprising of love and peace; â€œslamming the doorâ€ on the institution called marriage. The â€˜subalternâ€™ thus traces a place of their own to re-generate themselves into an emancipated woman. Das is vividly recording the marital journey of each woman of a third world country through the confessional poem â€œAn Introduction.â€ As a consequence the poem reaches its universality through contemporaneity.