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Afro Asian Journal of Anthropology and Social Policy
Year : 2013, Volume : 4, Issue : 1
First page : ( 21) Last page : ( 23)
Online ISSN : 2229-4414.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.2229-4414.4.1.004

Muslim Women and their Impact on English Literature in Indian Subcontinent

Pour Samaneh Bidmeshki

Department of English, Osmania University, Andhra Pradesh. Email id: pour_45rtdf@yahoo.in

Online published on 23 July, 2013.

Abstract

Indian women novelists have given a new dimension to Indian literature. Indian-English literature has developed over a period of time and writing in English did not start in a day. It took many years and several distinguished personalities to bring the present status and distinction to Indian English literature. Kamala Das was a Muslim writer. She was born in a conservative Hindu Nair (Nallappattu) family having royal ancestry. In December 1999, at the age of 65 she converted to Islam and assumed the name Kamala Surayya, creating a furore in the press. She was recognised as one of India's foremost English poets, literateur and at the same time a leading Malayalam author from Kerala, India. Her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography, while her oeuvre in English, written under the name Kamala Das, is noted for fiery poems and explicit autobiography. In this paper, I am going to express the position and impact of Kamala Das on English literature in the Indian subcontinent.

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Keywords

English literature, Muslim women, Indian subcontinent.

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