Reading Poile Sengupta’s Thus Spake Shoorpanakha, So Said Shakuni as a Postmodern Text.
Postmodernism is a broad movement in the late 20th century. It is closely related to Post-Structuralism and co-ordinately pursues to challenge the authority of grand narratives of social and dominant organisations like patriarchy, colonialism and capitalism at large. It exposes the incongruities within these grand narratives which are dominant in nature. Postmodernism embraces and accepts the tenets of post-structuralism; rejecting the notion of single truth, decentralisation and foregrounding multiple narratives/voices. In doing so, the postmodern thinkers attempt to create resistance and refuse domination. One of the key technique used in postmodernism is re-visioning or re-reading. This helps in bringing the margin/periphery to the mainstream framework. Contemporary writings emphasise more on re-reading the myths to highlight its dominant ideologies. This provides a space for the writer to challenge and rupture the hegemonic power structures of these grand narratives by questioning, subverting and re-reading it. It also enhances and provides new meanings and interpretations to established and well known epics and texts.
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