Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2018)
A Study of selected autobiographies in Dalit literature
Author(s): V Ramaraj, P Prabhakaran
Abstract: Indian English Literature is an endeavor of showcasing the rare gems of Indian writing in English from being a curious native explosion. Indian English become a new form of Indian culture, and voice in India speaks Indian authors – poets, novelists, essayists, and dramatists have been making significant contributions of world literature since the pre-independence era. The past few years have seen a massive flourishing of Indian English Writing in the international market. And Indian Literature deservers a new evolution from Dalit Writings. Dalit Literature is a literature of pain and agony. Its beginning can be traced to be the undocumented oral folklore and tales of the past decades. Dalit Literature as a genre was established in the 1960s and 1970s when a spurt of Dalit writing was published in Marathi and Gujarati. The aim of Dalit literature is to highlight the disabilities and difficulties together with atrocities and inhuman treatment of Dalits. The main object is to produce social awakening among the downtrodden. Dalit literature signifies a new dimension of the concept of marginal literature as used in the general literary canon. Dalit literature is typically Indian not only in its root but also in its purpose and goal. It is addressed to the entire Indian literary traditions and its fulfillment lies in the total transformation of this tradition. Dalit literature is the post-colonial nativistic movement aided at the cultivation of creative urges of the mass of numerous castes, tribes, and communities condemned for centuries to voiceless existence. Dalit literature is a literature of politics and politics is an integrate part of it. Though politics can be defined in whatever terms one would, likes to define it. For, Dalitdom is the product of politicization a process that is going on continuously in every organized society.