Disablement of Women:

A Comparative Study of Lohi ni Sagai by Ishvar Petlikar (1916-83) and Shruti ane Smruti by Chandrakant Bakshi (1932-2006)

Authors

  • Zarana Maheshwari Central University of Gujarat
  • Divya Shah Gujarat Technological University

Keywords:

Disablism, Abject, Heterotopias, Deviance

Abstract

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’.

Author Biographies

Zarana Maheshwari, Central University of Gujarat

Department of Comparative Literature

Assistant Professor

Divya Shah, Gujarat Technological University

Department of Comparative Literature

Assistant Professor

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Published

21.08.2022

How to Cite

Maheshwari, Z. and Shah, D. (2022) “Disablement of Women: : A Comparative Study of Lohi ni Sagai by Ishvar Petlikar (1916-83) and Shruti ane Smruti by Chandrakant Bakshi (1932-2006)”, Indian Journal of Critical Disability Studies. Delhi, India, 2(1), pp. 25–39. vailable at: https://jcdsi.org/index.php/injcds/article/view/67 (ccessed: 6 October 2022).