(Last Updated on : 14-02-2013)
Indian women novelists have given a new dimension to the Indian literature. In the past, people used to enjoy the 'desi' versions of English magazines like 'Playboy' with a sense of shame and guiltiness. But, today the case is different. The Indian literature has gifted several talented women novelists who present the Indian version of such books and that too within the limits of dignity and decency. They are popularly known as the goddesses of Eros! They have brought a stylized pattern in the whole context of Indian writing. Nowadays, people enjoy reading the anglicized novels presented by the new age women writers.
The list of Indian women novelists comprises Anita Desai
, Shobha De, Nergis Dalal, Krishna Sobti, Dina Mehta, Indira Goswami
, Malati Chendur, Gauri Deshpande, Bharati Mukherjee
, Namita Gokhale, Ruth Jhabvala, Nayantara Sahgal
, Kamala Das
and many more popular names. It is believed that the desi version of the foreign varieties is comparatively more deadly and this fact is proved by the novels of these authors. The novels of authors like Namita Gokhale or Shobha De are really out-spoken. Most of these female novelists are known for their bold views that are reflected in their novels. Basically, these are the novels of protest and an outburst of reservations and contaminations. Unlike the past, where the works of women novelists were given less priority and were actually undervalued, classification of feministic or male writings hardly makes any sense today.
Female subjectivity in novels depicting their own identity, even portray how women writers have been undervalued due to patriarchal assumptions about superior worth of male experience. The enclosed domestic space and women's perception about the experience even pinpoints their associated cumulated revolt and its manuscript incarnate against the male patriarchy.
The last two decades have witnessed phenomenal success in feminist writings of Indian English literature. Today is the generation of those women writers who have money and are mostly western educated. Their novels consist of the latest burning issues related with women as well as those issues that exist in the society since long. These books are thoroughly enjoyed by the masses and the publishers make easy money out of them. The publishers feel that the literature actually survives because of these types of bold topics and commercials used by the women novelists. Their novels encourage the women freedom to flirt. They describe the whole world of women with simply stunning frankness. Their write-ups give a glimpse of the unexplored female psyche, which has no accessibility.
Feminism in Indian Literature
The present age women have realized that she is not helpless and is not dependent. They feel that a woman is an equal competent just like a man. Today, a woman has also become a direct money earner and she is not only confined to household works. The women of modern era think on different lines and that is what is depicted in the novels of the Indian women authors. These facts are incorporated by the women writers. Indian women writers explores the feminine subjectivity and applies the theme that ranges from childhood to complete womanhood. Through their novels they spread the message of what actually feminism is, which actually is very broad. These women writers say that feminism means putting an end to all the sufferings of a woman in silence.
Authors like Kamala Markandaya, Shashi Deshpande
and Anita Desai have chosen the problems and issues faced by the women in today's male dominated world as the main theme of their books. For instance, some of the novels of Anita Desai like ' Voices in the City' and 'Where Shall We Go This Summer?' she has portrayed the complexities between a man and woman relationship. She has tried to explore the psychological aspects of the lead protagonists. The women novelists try to create awareness that this is the time to proclaim with definite precision. In India, the women writers are doing very well and their contribution is immense.
Majority of the Indian readers comprising both male and female read the novels of the Indian women authors with certain expectations. They look for some "Indian-ness' in the write-ups. Only the women novelists of India are capable of conveying the messages of feminism in an Indian way.