Like most Indian languages, the voice of the marginalized in first-person narratives is a recent phenomenon in Malayalam. The autobiography has emerged as a reinvented, rejuvenated genre in Dalit and women’s writing. Such autobiographies have begun to change the dynamics of the Malayalam literary scene: they have destabilized the canon and have founded a new avant-garde in aesthetics and its social reception. This session discusses the impact of some of the most compelling stories of collective experience written in this supposedly subjective genre.

Speakers: Sister Jesme, Pokkudan, Nalini Jameela, C.K. Janu.

Moderator: K. Satchidanandan.

Reading: Sister Jesme, Nalini Jameela.

Time: 17 December, 2.45 PM to 4.00 PM.