Subverting the Genre: An Exploration of Kishwar Desai’s Feminist Detective Novels
Keywords:Detective fiction, Violence against women, patriarchal society, sleuths
From its origin till the present time detective fiction seems to be written by men, for men, about men but in the 21st-century, Indian women writers are coming to the fore with female detectives as central character in their works thus subverting the existing notion that women are not intelligent enough to solve crime cases. Bringing to the surface the depiction of various issues of female foeticide, rape and commodification of female body, this paper will intensively scrutinize Kishwar Desai’s feminist detective trilogy Witness the Night, Origins of Love and The Sea of Innocence. In addition, the paper also intends to examine the importance and place of feminist detective fiction in Indian literary oeuvre.