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Title:

The heroines of Indian myths and legends in Hindiautobiograph ies by women ; Bohaterki indyjskich mitów i legend w pisarstwie autobiograficznymkobiet w hindi

Creator:

Browarczyk, Monika

ORCID:

0000-0003-1369-6695

Subject and Keywords:

Hindi autobiographies ; women writing ; Krishna Agnihotri ; Maitreyi Pushpa ; Prabha Khaitan, ; Kausalya Baisantri ; Śakti ; Durga ; Majtreji ; Amrapali Draupadi ; Sita Damajanti ; Sawitri ; Sati

Abstract:

Drawing from Gayatri Spivak’s (1989: 227) reflections on mythological figures as ‚regulative psychobiographies’, the article attempts a look at heroines of Indian myths and legends in selected Hindi autobiographies by women i.e. Krishna Agnihotri’s Lagtā nahī̃ hai dil mera (1996) and Aur, aur... aurat (2010); Maitreyi Pushpa’s Kasturī kuṇḍal basai (2002) and Guṛiyā bhītar guṛiyā (2008); Prabha Khaitan’s Anyā se ananyā (2007) and Kausalya Baisantri’s Dohrā abhiśāp (1999). The cohort of analysed heroines includes symbols of feminine power and fierce independence (like Śakti, Durgā, Maitreyī, Āmrapālī or Draupadī) and ideals of submissiveness, faithfulness and obedience (e.g. Sītā, Damayantī, Sāvitrī or Sātī). These symbolical figures dictate or contradict Indian cultural constructs of womanhood; therefore their presence, or absence, in autobiographical writings by women is a crucial element of narrative strategies employed by them.

Publisher:

Instytut Studiów Klasycznych, Śródziemnomorskich i Orientalnych UWr

Date:

2018

Date issued:

2012-

Resource Type:

czasopisma (wydawnictwa ciągłe)

Language:

pol.

Rights Management:

© Copyright by Instytut Studiów Klasycznych, Śródziemnomorskich i Orientalnych

Access rights:

Regulamin korzystania z Biblioteki Cyfrowej Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

License:

CC BY-SA 3.0 PL

Rights holder:

© Copyright by Monika Browarczyk