Disablement of Women:
A Comparative Study of Lohi ni Sagai by Ishvar Petlikar (1916-83) and Shruti ane Smruti by Chandrakant Bakshi (1932-2006)
Keywords:Disablism, Abject, Heterotopias, Deviance
The present paper undertakes a comparative study of two Gujarati short stories ‘Lohi ni Sagai’ (Engagement of Blood) and ‘Shruti ane Smruti’ (Shruti and her Memory) by Ishvar Petlikar (1916-83) and Chandrakant Bakshi (1932-2006) respectively, and attempts to study how narrative of the stories devises various narrative techniques and disables their female protagonists Mangu and Smruti in ‘Lohini Sagai’ and ‘Shruti ane Smruti’ respectively. The paper further attempts to study how the bodies of both these women characters are rendered ‘abject’ (Butler, 1993), how they are relegated to a ‘heterotopic space of deviation’ (Foucault, 1984), and how they are denied citizenship at the end. It further brings to the fore how ‘abject bodies’ of people with disability pave the way for creation of the normative bodies and make the normative bodies more viable and desirable and eventually make them fit into ‘paradigm citizenship’.
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