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Feministic Analysis of Shauna Singh Baldwin’s selected stories in English Lessons and Other Stories

Feminist Research

4 (2020)

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Women , Feministic Analysis , Culture , Identity , Marginalization , Women predicament

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The present paper aims at exploration of Shauna Singh Baldwin’s specific technique implemented to present women predicament in selected stories from feministic point of view.  The feministic point of view has developed out of a movement for equal rights and chances for women society. The present search is based on analytical and interpretative methods. Shauna Singh Baldwin is a writer of short fiction, poetry, novels and essays. Her ‘English Lessons and Other Stories’ explores the predicament of earlier neglected women of Sikh community by putting them in the context of globalization, immigration to West and consumerism at Indian modern society. “Montreal 1962” presents a Sikh wife’s attachment, love, determination, struggles and readiness to do anything for survival in Canada where her husband is threatened to remove his turban and cut his hair short to get the job. “Simran” presents the story of sacrifice of individual desire by a young Sikh girl because of her mother’s fundamentalist attitude. The title of story “English Lessons” presents injustice to an Indian woman who has married to an American, who compels her to become a prostitute and a source of his earnings in the States. The fourth selected story “Jassie” tells us about the timely need of religious tolerance in the file of an Indian immigrant old woman. Being a feminist writer, though Baldwin has never claimed directly to be, she has very skillfully presented the issues of feminism through her own technique of presentation. She has used technique of presenting absence or opposite to highlight it indirectly. Thus, true to her technique, though not explicitly declared, Baldwin is one of the feminist writers who skillfully deals with feminine concerns.

Being a Feminist writer, Baldwin has very skillfully presented the issues of feminism through her own technique of presentation.

Baldwin has used technique of presenting absence or opposite to highlight it indirectly.

Baldwin focuses on the injustice and miseries of life to demand justice for marginalized Indian woman through marriage with an American.

She presents inevitable tolerance despite the cultural and religious differences between the two old women

She focuses injustice to demand justice, intolerance to demand tolerance, fascism to value individual rights and tells lie to tell the truth.

Baldwin is one of the feminist writers who deals skillfully with feminine concerns.

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Baldwin, S. S., 2007. English Lessons and Other Stories Reader’s Guide Edition Ed. by Laurel Boone, Goose Lane Editions, Canada.

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Baldwin, S. S., 1998. What I've Learnt from Writing a Keynote speech delivered at the Great Lakes Writer's Conference held June 1998 at Alverno College, Wisconsin: SAGE Publications, Inc.

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