This book, companion to the much-acclaimed Dalit Literatures in India, examines questions of aesthetics and literary representation in a wide range of Dalit literary texts. It looks at how Dalit literature, born from the struggle against social and political injustice, invokes the rich and complex legacy of oral, folk and performative traditions of marginalised voices. The essays and interviews systematically explore a range of literary forms, from autobiographies, memoirs and other testimonial narratives, to poems, novels or short stories, foregrounding the diversity of Dalit creation. Showcasing the interplay between the aesthetic and political for a genre of writing that has ‘change’ as its goal, the volume aims to make Dalit writing more accessible to a wider public, for the Dalit voices to be heard and understood. The volume also shows how the genre has revolutionised the concept of what literature is supposed to mean and define.

Effervescent first-person accounts, socially militant activism and sharp critiques of a little-explored literary terrain make this essential reading for scholars and researchers of social exclusion and discrimination studies, literature (especially comparative literature), translation studies, politics, human rights and culture studies.

chapter 1|11 pages


Aesthetics and politics re-imagined
Edited ByJudith Misrahi-Barak, K. Satyanarayana, Nicole Thiara

part Part I|61 pages

Speaking out

chapter 2|15 pages

Manoranjan Byapari

BySipra Mukherjee

chapter 3|14 pages

Kalyani Thakur Charal

ByJayati Gupta

chapter 4|19 pages

Cho. Dharman

ByR. Azhagarasan, R. Arul

chapter 5|11 pages

Des Raj Kali

ByRajkumar Hans

part Part II|76 pages

Writing from within

chapter 6|14 pages

Author’s notes or revisions?

The politics of form in P. Sivakami’s two novels
ByKanak Yadav

chapter 7|14 pages

Of subjecthood and form

On reading two Dalit short stories from Gujarat, India
BySantosh Dash

chapter 8|16 pages

Janu and Saleena narrating life

Subjects and spaces
ByChristy K. J. Carmel

chapter 9|17 pages

Mother as fucked

Reimagining Dalit female sexuality in Sahil Parmar’s poetry
ByGopika Jadeja

chapter 10|13 pages

A pox on your house

Exploring caste and gender in Tulsi Ram’s Murdahiya 1
ByShivani Kapoor

part Part III|30 pages

Reading across

chapter 11|13 pages

Dalit literature in translation

A symptomatic reading of Sharankumar Limbale’s Akkarmashi in English translation
ByArun Prabha Mukherjee

chapter 12|15 pages

Translating Dalit literature

Redrawing the map of cultural politics
ByMaya Pandit

part Part IV|48 pages

Looking through

chapter 13|11 pages

Notes on questions of Dalit art

ByDeeptha Achar

chapter 14|19 pages

(Re-)imaging caste in graphic novels

A study of A Gardener in the Wasteland and Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability
ByRuchika Bhatia, Devika Mehra

chapter 15|16 pages

Dalits and the spectacle of victimhood in Telugu cinema

ByChandra Sekhar