Faculty of Social Sciences

Portrayal of women in Shailesh Matiyani’s short stories

  • Date: –16:45
  • Location: Engelska parken 9-2029
  • Lecturer: Ram Prasad Bhatt (Hamburg University)
  • Organiser: Inst. för lingvistik och filologi
  • Contact person: Heinz Werner Wessler
  • Föreläsning

Shailesh Matiyani is an important Hindi author who is usually compared with Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Turgenev for bestowing the liveliness and dignity to his characters and with Jean Genet for the course of his biography. Matiyani has written over two hundred stories, thirty novels, and a number of essays depicting various paradoxes in the society. He wrote with a great human sensibility, ethical perceptibility and with deep compassion for marginalized people of the society, which reflect the complexity and paradox as well as the interplay of social values and ideas about women and their conflicting emotions. Matiyani makes women a focus of inquiry, an agent of his narrative and a subject of his stories. His depiction of Indian lower and middle class embodied his own biography. Matiyani has been greatly ignored by Hindi critics as well as the academia in India and outside India. I shall present some insights on Matiyani’s biography and discuss the images of women in some of his short stories in socio-cultural, religious and geographical context in Post-Independence India.