Notes Mahasweta Devi. Breast-Giver - MahaswetaDevi(1926...

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11/7/13 1 Mahasweta Devi (1926‐) About the Author * The leading contemporary writer in Bengali (the language of the state of West Bengal, and of Bangladesh). (The “Devi” in her name is a term of respect attached to a woman’s name in Bengali) Writes about peasants, outcastes, women, tribal peoples, and other marginalized groups struggling to survive and resisting their exploitation by dominant groups. “Breast‐Giver ( Stanadayini )” was published in 1980. India’s recent history Upon independence from Britain in 1947, British India was partitioned into Pakistan and India. Eastern Pakistan became a separate country called Bangladesh in 1971. The Indian Caste System
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11/7/13 2 Group Work: In‐Class Writing * 1. How did the Haldar family rise to wealth? Find the textual evidence. Explain how this information contributes to the theme of the short story. 2. Mahasweta writes for the exploited and oppressed. Discuss which characters are among the exploiters and which characters are among the exploited.
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