Feminist Thought in Poetics of Kamala Das: A Perspective

  • Dr Rakhi Vyas Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan


The paper attempts an analytical study of the poetics of Kamala Das through the specific prism of the feminist ideology. Das, with her novel spectrum of poetry, announced the arrival of a fresh and indomitable female voice on the Indian English literary scene. Debunking the artifice of patriarchy and its oppressive function, she set out to live her life on her own terms. Her writings speak volumes about her extremely free and courageous outlook on life. We barely meet any inhibitions or ambiguities in her. Her verse verily reflects what she felt, thought and actually lived out. She is India’s answer to the American coterie of confessional poets as she limns a brutally honest portrait of her deeply felt angst, pain and bewilderment against the male-dominated superstructure in our society, in the most striking of confessional tones. A perusal of her ballistic verse opens floodgates to the understanding of the plight and predicament of the females’ section entrenched against the particular backdrop of  the stereotypical Indian set up. Her anger and exasperation become her panacea. The fire that she sets on the paper through her verse becomes a torch lighting up the pathway to a more dignified, humanistic and cohesive status for the female folk.

Key words:- Self, emotions,  feminist, patriarchal,  exploration,  unconventional


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Author Biography

Dr Rakhi Vyas, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Dr Rakhi Vyas is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Jai Narain Vyas University in Jodhpur city, Rajasthan. She holds a Ph.D. degree in English (American drama) along with NET and SET certificates. She has been teaching English language and literature to both graduate and post-graduate students for more than seven years. She has participated and presented her papers in scores of national and international seminars and conferences. She has also a number of my papers published in national and international journals of repute.


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4. Das, Kamala. The Old Playhouse and Other Poems. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2011.
5. Iyengar, K R Srinivas. Indian Writing in English. New Delhi: Sterling Publication, 2009.
How to Cite
Vyas, D. R. “Feminist Thought in Poetics of Kamala Das: A Perspective”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 7, no. 3, Aug. 2020, pp. 104-15, https://literaryjournal.in/index.php/clri/article/view/633.
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