Dalit Feminism - Significance and Relevance: An Overview

  • Dr. Saraswathi K B Professor
Keywords: Gender, Caste, Literature, Dalit feminism, Patriarchy, Women Movement


Post-Modern discourses have aided in understanding the formation of caste discourses and gender discourses as multiple realities. As such it is important to integrate the disciplines of Dalit studies and Gender studies in order to understand the fundamental way in which caste and gender as systems of discrimination inflect each other in our hierarchical and stratified society.  While this kind of analysis is path breaking, it nevertheless needs to be extended to include socio-cultural and literary contexts in order to enable more productive readings of Dalit discourses. A way to conceive of ‘Gender reality’ in terms of Caste is lacking. So it becomes essential to look at the struggles of representation, inclusions and exclusions imminent in the usage of the category ‘woman’.        


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Author Biography

Dr. Saraswathi K B, Professor

Dr. Saraswathi K B is an Associate Professor of English at Government First Grade College, Tiptur, Karnataka, affiliated to Tumkur University. She is a columnist, translator, poet and research scholar.

She has also worked on “Elements of Decolonisation in Indian Poetry” as a part of Minor Project submitted to the University Grants Commission. She is the sole author of a collection of critical essays on contemporary social issues in Karnataka titled 'Dakshinamukhi' in 2015. 'Stifled Voices' the book of seminar proceedings is compiled under her editorship to commemorate the papers presented at the National Seminar organized by the Department of English, GFGC Tiptur sponsored by the UGC on "Censorship: Challenges to Creative writing", published in 2016.


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How to Cite
B, D. S. “Dalit Feminism - Significance and Relevance: An Overview”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 10, no. 1, Apr. 2023, pp. 142-70, https://literaryjournal.in/index.php/clri/article/view/907.
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