chapter  7
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"Do I Remove My Skin?": Interrogating Identity in Suniti Namjoshi's Fables

In one of her prefatory notes to the selections in BtcaiiSe oflruiia, Suniti Namjoshi observes how a male-centered humanist universe consigns "ery other creature to the position of the "other." She converts this reductive exclusion to a positive alliance and accepts identification with "birds and beasts" and in effect with the rest of creation. However, the category of the beast, although less confining, lacks specificity: "All right, I was a beast, a creature. But what sort of beast was 1?"1