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Open Minds 2016: Soft Power

KR Meera: Rebel with a Pause

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She reveals the gendered ideologies imprisoning her characters, constructing a feminist model of dominant literature


KR Meera’s Aarachar in Malayalam (Hangwoman in English) won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award in 2015. Her recent novella And Slowly Forgetting That Tree is a searing account of multiple rapes and a critique of patriarchy. TT Sreekumar writes in the introduction, ‘… Meera not only reveals the gendered ideologies imprisoning her characters, but also constructs a feminist model of dominant literature, one in which patriarchal, nationalistic discourses and their systems of repression are displaced by feminist discourses and testimonies.’ Meera’s work is never easy to read as it discomfits the reader but in this space of unease, Meera, a former award-winning journalist, reveals the complicated web of man-woman relationships in today’s time.

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