Speaking Characters in Selected Novels of Bharati Mukherjee

Dolly Sharma1 & Jaya Dwivedi2

1Assistant Professor, Parthivi College of  Engg. & Mgmt. Bhilai, C.G ,India and Research Scholar in the Department of English at N.I.T Raipur, C.G, India. Email: 2Jaya Dwivedi is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at N.I.T, Raipur, C.G, India. Email:

 Volume 8, Number 3, 2016 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v8n3.19

Received April 19, 2016; Revised July 04, 2016; Accepted July 15, 2016; Published August 18, 2016


The Feminist Theory of Situated Knowers justifies the accounts of women by allowing them to depict their plight and contribute to epistemology by speaking from a position which they have experienced. The protagonists in selected novels of Bharti Mukherjee speak for themselves setting a ground to be examined under the example of Situated Knowers Theory in this paper. These protagonists highlight the gendered and ethnically underlined identities of women especially Indian women. The protagonists Tara Banerjee, Jasmine, Dimple and Tara Bhattacharya of   selected novels The Tiger’s Daughter, Jasmine , Wife and Desirable Daughters face  varied situations as women and immigrants to find  a sense of self in  the new world .They  undergo struggle to shed the tangles of the complex expectations and chains of conventions to be themselves. Bharti Mukherjee’s selected   women characters are strong, defy conservative norms, stay true to the spirits of exploration, learn the secret of survival and make a place for them in a world that seems to conspire against them.

 Keywords:  Situated Knowers, epistemology, standpoint theory, gendered identities, Self-exploration

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