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Scholarly Article

Sankha Maji

The Neoliberal Postcolonial State and Prolegomenon to Literature of Insurgency: A Study of Arundhati Roy’s Novels


prolegomenon, postcolonialism, marginalisation, gender oppression


Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small Things that won the booker prize in 1997, deals with the issues of caste, gender, class, state atrocities and many other issues which were expanded later on in Roy’s non-fictional works. Arundhati Roy raises voice against various forms of injustice and discrimination which attempt to relegate human beings into nothingness and their subjectivities. Roy sheds light on the power dynamics prevalent in society and demonstrates how the more powerful victimize and marginalize the less powerful. Issues such as gender oppression, caste atrocities, untouchability, state brutalities and intellectual hypocrisy are projected minutely in the fiction.

About the Author

Dr. Sankha Maji is a PhD from Kazi Nazrul University, West Bengal. He has got some of his articles published in some national and international journals such as Subaltern Speak, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.

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