Introducing “An Introduction”: Kamala Das the poet of the female ‘Other’
Keywords:alienation, male fantasy, margin, master-slave conflict, patriarchy, sexual politics, subaltern.
: Kamala Das, labeled as “the Mother of Modern Indian English Poetry”, 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 ‘other’ 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 “an introduction” into their own desired land comprising of love and peace; “slamming the door” on the institution called marriage. The ‘subaltern’ 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 “An Introduction.” As a consequence the poem reaches its universality through contemporaneity.
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