Voicing Resistance: Female Body as the Site of Resistance in Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”
Subaltern discourses have always explored the predicament of female bodies as sites of male domination. While several Indian women writers have forayed into the realm of essays, novels, poetry etc. to represent the silent screaming of a woman’s soul, Devi’s stories give a strong voice to these voiceless marginalized women. This paper attempts a study of the representation of female body as a site of resistance in Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”. It also studies Devi’s position as a literary ventriloquist, who voices the predicament of the tribal woman Dopdi and her resistance of the repressive forces. Unlike her other stories that explain the exploitation of female body, in “Draupadi”, Devi celebrates the resistive power of Draupadi’s body that fractures the agendas of nation-state and the logic of global capitalism that attempts to represent itself as benevolent to the agendas of ‘third-world’ nation states. Through the story, Devi proposes that these marginalized women can take power in their hands. Although they possess a voice in many forms the ultimate goal is ‘to be heard’ which has been achieved by Mahasweta Devi in “Draupadi”.
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