Depiction of Self: A Postcolonial Approach to Kamala Das’s An Introduction
Keywords:Patriarchal, female, postcolonial, literature, irresistible, voice, voiceless, challenges, female body, immaturity, awareness, female self and inner self.
English Literature in India has gone through many dimensions right from the beginning. Mostly it has been a patriarchal perception wherein only a few female writers emerged then and there to voice the female self. Not all could succeed in their venture but only a few could cross the line. Postcolonial India and its Literature paved ways to female writers to bring out women related issues into light. Out of them Kamala Das sprouted as pioneering post- independence Indian English poet to contribute immensely to the development of modern English poetry in India. She became an irresistible force to vice the voiceless especially the women. When all other literary personalities and poets felt afraid to highlight the common social issues, Kamala Das brought herself as a poet of the female side. All her poems and other literary works base women and their challenges in the society. Kamala Das openly speaks on the very female body and its inferiority. With regard to feminist voice, she has produced Indian- English poetry a new shape. To express the vision of truth, she uses her words strongly and boldly speaking in a way in which people have not spoken before. This article aims at the discovery of Kamala Das speaking clearly her life and its changes without hiding anything. The immaturity and awareness are addressed as the two sides of a woman. This article would also emphasize the clash between a social female self and the inner self of a typical Indian woman in the postcolonial era.
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