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Unveiling the voices of the Oppressed: Exploring the significance of Dalit writings in Indian Literature


Indian literature
Marginalized voices
Social exclusion

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Thenmozhi. A, & Geetha. S.S. (2023). Unveiling the voices of the Oppressed: Exploring the significance of Dalit writings in Indian Literature. SOUTH INDIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, 21(2), 167-177.


This paper aims to explore the profound significance of Dalit writings in Indian literature, with a specific focus on the voices of the oppressed. It delves into the multifaceted dimensions of Dalit literature and its role in challenging the established literary canon. By analyzing the representative works from prominent Dalit writers, this study examines the unique perspectives and experiences of the marginalized community and their contribution to the broader narrative of Indian literature. Drawing from a range of literary theories and critical frameworks, this research investigates how Dalit writings provide a counter-narrative that challenges the dominant cultural discourse and questions prevailing power structures. It also highlights the thematic motifs, narrative techniques, and aesthetic innovations employed by Dalit writers to articulate their experiences of oppression, discrimination, and social exclusion. Furthermore, this research analyzes the reception and impact of Dalit literature within the Indian literary landscape, considering its transformative potential in addressing social inequalities and fostering empathy and understanding among diverse readerships. By engaging with a wide range of Dalit literary works and theoretical frameworks, this research contributes to a deeper understanding of the significance of Dalit writings in Indian literature. The findings aim to illuminate the power of literature as a tool for social change, shedding light on the voices of the oppressed and fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.



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