Female Body in Select Indian English Novels: Representations and Possibilities

  • Debabrata Sardar Assistant Professor of English, Baruipur College
Keywords: Abstraction, body, culture, gender, politics, sexuality


This paper attempts to highlight the tension lying between the lived bodily experiences of women, and the predefined cultural entanglements which condition and shape those experiences. Unlike men, women suffer much particularly for and with their bodies. This raises a crucial question regarding the ontology of their sufferings. Body, the biological location of humans distinguishes between the sexes and appropriates the cultural inscriptions. But how does the corporeality facilitates the conflation of chromosomal sex with the categories of gender? How do women relate to these entanglements and make sense of their bodies? A critical study of Indian English novels, from the mid-19th century to the successive periods, demonstrates how female body has been imagined and represented under the trajectory of such difficulties, and how in course of time these representations have changed. Interestingly, despite the palpable changes, one thing remains static – the disagreement between the lived experiences of women about their bodies and the way it is perceived in a given cultural situation.


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Author Biography

Debabrata Sardar, Assistant Professor of English, Baruipur College

Debabrata Sardar is an Assistant Professor of English at Baruipur College, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India. He is an independent scholar, and has participated and presented research papers in many national and international Seminars/Webinars. He has also published research papers in a number of national and international journals. His area of interest is Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Critical/ Literary Theories.


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How to Cite
Sardar, D. “Female Body in Select Indian English Novels: Representations and Possibilities”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 10, no. 3, Aug. 2023, pp. 28-49, https://literaryjournal.in/index.php/clri/article/view/1117.
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