Assertion of Feminine Self: A Critique of Shashi Deshpande's A Matter of Time

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Recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award in 1990 for her novel, That Long Silence,Shashi Deshpande’s success as a novelist can be gauged by the vast readership she enjoys, and the number of critical studies available on her works. A brief survey of criticism available on Deshpande’s fiction shows that her critics have remained all along preoccupied with the question of woman in her fiction. The treatment of woman has been discussed with some shift of focus from one aspect or the other of her existence. The interest of critics in the treatment of woman and her problems is certainly understandable, because most of her novels have women as their protagonists. Almost all the women characters of Deshpande are shown to be …show more content…
Recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award in 1990 for her novel, That Long Silence,Shashi Deshpande’s success as a novelist can be gauged by the vast readership she enjoys, and the number of critical studies available on her works. A brief survey of criticism available on Deshpande’s fiction shows that her critics have remained all along preoccupied with the question of woman in her fiction. The treatment of woman has been discussed with some shift of focus from one aspect or the other of her existence. The interest of critics in the treatment of woman and her problems is certainly understandable, because most of her novels have women as their protagonists. Almost all the women characters of Deshpande are shown to be the victim of the patriarchal thinking of society. the roles they are expected to play are not in consonance with the freedom and individual identity they aspire for themselves. Consequently the feelings of alienation from their bodies their aspirations and ideals and sometimes even from the work routine they are trapped in appear to be a common feature of their life. What differentiates Shashi Deshpande from her contemporary writers is that though her novels present a world afflicted with hatred, fear, anger, loneliness and emptiness they are not shrouded in overwhelming and unrelieved gloom. Hers is not an art of death but of life. It takes an artist like Deshpande to affirm the value of life and the human potentials to emerge out of the
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