Bama (born ), also known as Bama Faustina Soosairaj, is a Tamil, Dalit feminist, committed teacher and novelist. She rose to fame with her autobiographical novel Karukku (), which for Dalit children in Uttiramerur. Bama’s Karukku has been translated to English and Kusumbukkaran and Sangati to French. Using Bama’s Karukku as a case-study, it explores the shift between the generic conventions Bama’s Karukku appeared in the Tamil version in (English. Karukku is the English translation of Bama’s seminal autobiography, which tells the story of a Dalit woman who left her convent to escape from the caste.

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Karukku answers the famous question “Can the subaltern speak? Bama’s one of the best book. What I loved the most about the book is how Bama writes an honest, vulnerable version of herself in it. Enblish she describes her journey from childhood to adulthood, she narrates how caste and religion shaped her life and identity, and how it also worked as an oppressive force in the lives of Dalits.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Karukku broke barriers of tradition in more ways than one. She is a mathematics teacher by profession, a novelist by passion and an activist by nature.

This second edition includes a Postscript in which Bama relives the dramatic movement of her leave-taking from her chosen vocation and a special note ‘Ten Years Later’. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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In this manner, she presents the pervasiveness of caste oppression — how it not only punctuates everyday life, but is an integral part of it, even in the memory of a community.

In Kerala, “pedigreed” Christian families – who claim to have been converted by St. Dec 01, Anejana. This book is about her journey spanning over many years of hardship, when she finally realised why it was so. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Revolving around the main theme of caste oppression within the Catholic Church, it portrays the tension between the self and the community, and presents Bama’s life as a process of self-reflection and recovery from social and institutional betrayal.

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Add katukku three to Cart. The first autobiography In when a Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable.

To be completely honest, I constantly had a feeling that there is more to the story karjkku is not being said. A Life Peter Horton.

Karukku – Bama Faustina, Lakshmi Holmström, Mini Krishnan – Oxford University Press

On the other hand, Bama stays away from providing too many names and details but paints a vivid picture of the social life of her caste. The significance of the novel comes from its social message.

Milton Friedman Robert A. After serving as a nun for seven years, Bama left the convent and began writing. In her introduction, translator Lakshmi Holmstrom says Karukku means palmyra leaves, that, with their serrated edges on both sides, are like double-edged swords. I really enjoyed Bama’s writing. The book chronicles the author’s journey from her childhood to the present, under the constant discrimination of being Dalit, and a woman and one who left a convent.

‘Karukku’: An Autobiography By Bama Exploring Her Tamil, Dalit And Christian Identity

No trivia or quizzes yet. I wish I read it in tamil But I couldn’t get hold of the tamil version. Bama bornalso known as Bama Faustina Soosairajis a Tamil, Dalit feministcommitted teacher and novelist. She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism kafukku has given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary ba,a of India. She does not describe events only in terms of the impact they had on her later life, but writes of the experiences she had as moments of oppression that composed her daily lived reality.


Salty About Rajma Chawal: Nick O’C rated it really liked it Feb 04, Kusumbukkaran and Oru Tattvum Erumaiyum She describes in detail her childhood in her village, her coming to terms with the reality that she is a Dalit, thus an untouchable and that she lived in a englush that was hostile towards people like her.

A masterpiece in Dalit and feminist literature, the latter without the author even realizing it. Charles Dickens’s Networks Jonathan H. The wide range of emotions she explored, including confusion, shame, guilt, hope, and anger, exposed her as vulnerable.

What struck me, in particular, is the symbolic importance of clothing as a marker of social capital that she writes of.

That said, the injustices bzma in the Catholic Church specifically the Order in which the author was baka to be a nun was a revelation to me. When I Hid My Caste: Bama had her early education in her village. Her stories about the different ways she felt discrimination lit up the text.