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Dr. Rimah Saleh Alyahya


Intersectionality, Caste, Class, Community, Gender, Sexuality, Oppressions


Purpose of the Study: This paper aims to articulate women through the lens of intersectionality and its dimensions in ‘One Part Woman’ and ‘Singarevva and the Palace’. The research addresses the issues faced by ideologically, culturally, and materially deprived women of the society.

Methodology: In order to achieve the purpose of the study, two novels, namely, ‘One Part Woman’ (by Perumal Murugan) and ‘Singarevva and the Palace’ (by Chandrasekhar Kambar), were critically analyzed.

Results: It is inferred that the two novels helped to understand the nature and variety of community, class, and gender. It is found that there is a difference in the community attitude towards the barrenness of women. In the case of ‘One Part Woman’, the community permits her to go to the chariot festival and choose any stranger to attain motherhood, whereas in the case of ‘Singarevva and the Palace’, the community does not allow her to attain motherhood outside her marriage. It is found that the gender of women is the cause of various oppressions due to which women’s rights are denied. It is inferred that Ponna and Singarevva transcend their marital relationships to attain motherhood. It is seen that female sexuality is meant only for motherhood and for the benefit of the progeny. Thus, women’s sexuality is also oppressed.

Implications: Women face distressful situations, agony, and pain arising out of patriarchal ties, such as caste, class, community, religion, sexuality, and gender. Women play the role of a mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend, etc. She deserves a better position and status in the society. The oppressions faced by women form hurdles in their lives. They are the care takers of the family and they need to be respected and given a good rank in the society.


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