The Exercise of Freedom

An Introduction to Dalit Writing

Susie Tharu, K. Satyanarayana


Navayana, New Delhi, 2013

Language: English

183 pages

5.5 x 8.5

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This anthology, for the first time, showcases the best of dalit writing from across India: B.R. Ambedkar to Devanoora Mahadeva, Chentharassery to M.M. Vinodini. The editors argue that dalit literature is not merely a literary practice or a trend but a social movement invested in the battle against injustice; it is the exercise of freedom. This literature encompasses diverse forms of intellectual and creative work by those who, as untouchables, are victims of economic, social and cultural inequality. Dalits bring points of view, interests, insights and directions that grow out of their experience and their aspirations. Over the past few decades dalit literature has transformed the understanding of untouchability, caste and the nature of Indian society and politics.

K. Satyanarayana

K. Satyanarayana is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at EFL University, Hyderabad, and the coeditor of two collections of Dalit writing from South India: From those Stubs, Steel Nibs Are Sprouting and No Alphabet in Sight.

Susie Tharu

Susie Tharu is a professor in the Department of Cultural Studies, EFL University, and a founder member of Anveshi, Research Centre for Women's Studies, Hyderabad. She is the author of several influential papers on literary and cultural theory and history. She has been active in the Indian women's movement and is a member of the Subaltern Studies Collective. Tharu is co-editor of the two-volume anthology Women Writing in India, as well as No Alphabet in Sight and Steel Nibs are Sprouting.