Bengali Middle Class Urban Women in the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty First Centuries through the Lens of the Writings of Suchitra Bhattacharya

  • Dr. Monmayee Basu Hansraj College, University of Delhi
Keywords: Suchitra Bhattacharya, Fiction, Bengali Women, Middle Class, Urban


Suchitra Bhattacharya  (1950-2015) was a well-known fiction writer in Bengali language in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Her works reflect the pains and problems, happiness and sorrows, sentiments and beliefs of urban middle-class Bengali women. This essay endeavours to portray the issues women face in their day to day lives in the urban middle class setting of Bengali society in the late 20th and early 21st centuries as captured by Suchitra Bhattacharya in her fictions. This paper ends with the author's own critique of relevant issues.


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Author Biography

Dr. Monmayee Basu, Hansraj College, University of Delhi

Dr Monmayee is an Associate Professor, Department of History, Hansraj College, University of Delhi. She was also involved in Master level courses in Delhi University from time to time.

She has several publications to her credit including Hindu Women and Marriage Law : From Sacrament to Contract (Oxford University Press, 2001), which developed into an omnibus, Women and Law, (Oxford University Press, 2004) is an authoritative study of the influence of legislative measures in addressing women's issues in India.

She has also co-authored textbooks in Bengali, which has been the standard history text for West Bengal School Board. Her treatise Comprehensive History of Modern Europe is soon to be published by Orient BlackSwan.

Her latest publications are the essays on the topic of Netaji's contribution towards empowerment of women in two separate books on Netaji and the INA published by the Indian Council of Historical Research, (ICHR) New Delhi and Asiatic Society, Kolkata, respectively in August 2021 on the occasion of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose.


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2. Bhattacharya, Suchitra, Ardhek Aakash, Ananda Publishers, Kolkata, 2012
3. Bhattacharya, Suchitra, Chaar Dewal, Ananda Publishers, Kolkata, 2008
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5. Dahon, Vol.1
6. Neel Ghurni, Vol.3
7. Uro Megh, Vol. 4
8. Chena mukh Achena Mukh, Vol. 2
9. Bhanga Ayena, Vol. 4
10. Dhushar Bishad, Vol. 2
11. Hathat Ekdin, Vol.4
12. Gahin Hriday, Vol.2
13. Adbhut Aandhar Ek, Vol. 1
14. Hemanter Pakhi, Vol.2
15. Hemanter Pakhi.
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17. Phire Dekha.
18. Saheli, in Suchitra Samagra, Vol. 2
19. Shyamali, Vol.3
20. Arpita, Vol.3
21. Gabhir Ashukh, Vol. 2
22. Jalchhobi, Vol.4
23. Dahon, Vol.1
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28. Bhangankaal, Vol. 1
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How to Cite
Basu, D. M. “Bengali Middle Class Urban Women in the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty First Centuries through the Lens of the Writings of Suchitra Bhattacharya”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 10, no. 1, Feb. 2023, pp. 82-15,
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