Search for Identity in Shashi Deshpande's Novels

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SEARCH FOR IDENTITY IN SHASHI DESHPANDE’S THAT LONG SILENCE, THE DARK HOLDS NO TERROR AND ROOTS AND SHADOWS

"SEARCH FOR IDENTITY IN SHASHI DESHPANDE’S THAT LONG SILENCE, THE DARK HOLDS NO TERROR AND ROOTS AND SHADOWS", 1st Edition Dr.Kavya.B Price: 200/© 2012 by Laxmi Book Publication, Solapur All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by mimeograph or any other means, without permission in writing from the publisher. ISBN-978-81-923843-3-7 Published by Laxmi Book Publication, 258/34, Raviwar Peth, Solapur Maharashtra, India. Cell: 9595 359 435 www.isrj.net Email ID: ayisrj@yahoo.in

SEARCH FOR IDENTITY IN SHASHI DESHPANDE’S THAT LONG SILENCE, THE DARK HOLDS NO TERROR AND ROOTS AND SHADOWS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
It is with great elation, I take this opportunity to express my profound sense of gratitude to my Research guide Dr. Shantha Naik N Assistant Professor, Department of Studies in English, Maharaja’s College, University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka, India for the valuable guidance, supervision and constant encouragement given throughout the course of the present investigation. His valuable support and timely suggestions have enabled me to successfully complete this dissertation.

I am deeply indebted to respected Prof. K.M.Chandar, Prof. C.P. Ravi Chandra, Prof. K.T. Sunita, Prof. Mahadeva, Prof. A.S. Dasan, Dr. Vijaya Sheshadri & Dr. Devikarani, for their encouragement, helpful suggestions and comments. I am grateful to my beloved parents Sri. R. Basavanna, and Smt. G.P. Pushpalatha for their constant support throughout my research work. I thank my husband Dr. T.S. Jagadeesh Kumar, Associate professor, University of Mysore for his encouragement.

I am indebted to Miss. Suman, Librarian, CIIL for her support. I thank my college colleagues and Principal Mr. Marpallikar,Govt.Pre-University College,Gabbur,Raichur for their co.operation. My special thanks to my friends Mrs.Mamata Krishna, Ms.Pushpalatha, Ms.Sujatha and my well wishers.

SEARCH FOR IDENTITY IN SHASHI DESHPANDE’S THAT LONG SILENCE, THE DARK HOLDS NO TERROR AND ROOTS AND SHADOWS

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

TITLE

PAGE No.

I

INTRODUCTION

5-32

II

ERASING – THAT LONG SILENCE

33-53

III

LIGHT OF AWARENESS – THE DARK HOLDS NO TERROR

54-76

IV

RENOUNCE-ROOTS AND SHADOWS

77-98

V

CONCLUSION

100-106

BIBLIOGRAPHY

107-116

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SEARCH FOR IDENTITY IN SHASHI DESHPANDE’S THAT LONG SILENCE, THE DARK HOLDS NO TERROR AND ROOTS AND SHADOWS

CHAPTER - I INTRODUCTION The aim of this study is to examine self-identity in the novels That Long Silence, The Dark Holds No Terror and Roots and Shadows written by the most renowned writer Shashi deshpande. Human relations form the warp and woof of Shashi Deshpande’s novels; her greatness is revealed in the treatment of human relation capacity for a deeper probing of the human heart. Shashi Deshpande is a diva of female assertion. The Plight of middle class women that too educated and working women, the marital adjustments and quest for identity forms the crux of her novels. Her protagonists are more intelligent and capable women than men. Who desire to have their own individuality. Shashi Deshpande is fascinated towards the complexities of human relationships. She has confessed in an interview with Geetha Gangadharan: “We know a lot about the physical and the organic world and the Universe in general, but we still know very little about human relationships. It is the most mystifying thing as I am concerned. I will continue to wonder about it, puzzle over it and write about it. And still it is tremendously intriguing, fascinating.”1 (Indian communicator, 20 November 1994 P-11).

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R.S. Pathak (ed), The fictions of Shashi Deshpande (Creative Books 1988) P.202.

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