Publication Type : Journal Article
Publisher : Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities .
Source : Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, Volume 10, Number 1 (2018)
Url : https://rupkatha.com/v10n109/
Keywords : Kamala Das, Kristeva, Revolt, Subjectivity.
Campus : Coimbatore
School : School of Engineering
Department : English
Verified : No
Year : 2018
Abstract : This paper examines Kamala Das’ attempt to translate the ever changing contours of feminine subjectivity into the structured space of language, in the light of the French philosopher Julia Kristeva’s theorization of psyche. Das’ instinctual urge to resist definitive structuring of the inner zones of female consciousness echoes Kristeva’s concept of Revolt, which is identified to be the psychic re-ordering to explore the varied dimensions of subjectivity. Revolt is explained by Kristeva as the disruptive potential of the innate desire drives of human psyche, which challenge the very stability of the discourses pertaining to identity in the ‘Symbolic’. The manifestation of Revolt in the writings of Das breaks the fetters of gendered identity and opens up the possibilities to experience one’s ‘self’ in unspecified ways. The resistance to the order of the ‘symbolic’ and the inclination to oscillate between the blurring borders separating the most natural urges of the “semiotic” and the ordered space of the symbolic, defines the essence of female psyche in Das. This paper discusses this unstable and trangressive nature of female subjectivity in Das which reflects Kristeva’s thrust on the dynamics of Revolt in defying categorization.
Cite this Research Publication : H. MG, Jayarman, H., and Sandhya V., “Mapping the contours of a Tempestuous Interiority: Reading Kamala Das through Kristeva.”, Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, vol. 10, 2018.