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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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As she describes her journey from childhood to adulthood, she narrates how caste ny religion shaped her life and identity, and how it also worked as an oppressive force in the lives of Dalits.

Lists with This Book. However, she finds the convent in not such a sanctuary and is just as oppressive as the spaces outside. And yes, that is how it had to be. See all free Kindle reading apps.

To ask other readers questions about Karukkuplease sign up. In when a Dalit woman left the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable. I only wish it would have been done in a more readable way.

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Karukku by Bama. But, in general, what put me off was this feeling of hypocrisy on the author’s part about caste discrimination – she tells us how her Paraya community was discriminated against but the tone she uses with the communities that are even lower on the caste hierarchy gypsies, for example was quite discriminatory and stereotypical too.

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I read Bama’s interview and how this book was the first telling of the Dalit story. Offer valid only once per customer. As 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. And as with most translated books, I don’t know if it was the prose itself or the translation.

A Dalit Woman’s Memoirs. This slim book ultimately proved a chore to get through. The Classic Horror Stories H.

But most of the book feels like one big rant on social injustices with barely any mention of any extraordinary acts, either by her or the p Somehow this book didn’t work for me. The life she led and the values she believes in. This book was first published in Tamil inbut got translated to English by Lakshmi Holmstrom in and won the Crossword award that year. She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism and has given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary campus of India.

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

Karukku is an intense autobiography that gives a searing account of the life of a Tamil Dalit Christian woman against a society which still discriminates ejglish the basis of caste and practises untouchability.

On graduation, she served as a nun for seven years. Ambedkar till in their 20s. Bama focuses on two aspects, religion and caste to throw light on the oppression Dalits fac Karukku is an intense autobiography that gives a searing account of the life of a Tamil Dalit Christian woman against a society which still discriminates on the basis of caste and practises untouchability.

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I appreciated her honesty and truly felt attracted to her writing. The structure is also a mess, with the story switching back and forth in time without proper transition rather akin to too many jump cuts within a movie.

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.

Dec 01, Anejana. Add all three to Cart. Karukku is an bby autobiography that gives a searing account of the life of a Tamil Dalit Christian woman against a society which still discriminates on the basis of caste and practises untouchability. She recalls how she was treated differently from others as a Dalit woman and admonished harshly every time she tried to stand up for herself, think for herself or speak on behalf of those the convent was actually meant to serve.

She leaves home to join the convent in her twenties, after ehglish for a few years as a teacher, hoping to contribute to a cause larger than caste, class and identity. Open Preview See a Problem?

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

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The English translation, first published in and recognized as a new alphabet of experience, pushed Dalit writing into high relief.

I do highly recommend reading it, just to get a glimpse of how things really are – no gloss, no glitter.