Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Gendered Realities -Dr Anupama Chowdhury, Burdwan


neon-gender-body-partsI looked into your eyes for an assurance

Of my human supposition  

In the stalactites of your cold-reluctance

Saw my opposed construction.


Genus: wo(MAN)

, Species: sub-human

“Oh, is this the all that you can?”

Height: Five feet six inches

“A woman always with nuances.”

Features: regular, Complexion: wheatish

“A little too frank but not boorish.”

Vital statistics: approved, branded—

With these you make me stranded.


A sexed body wi


a sexed assimilation

Sexual Body and the Textual Body

Nothing beyond this Gendered Body

Bodily matters and Matters of the Body….

Entrapped, claustrophobic, my voice stifled

Hesitating with my own self

, half-mangled

I need no rhymes, I need no sentences

For entrapped are my utterances.

Not a Daughter, Not a Wife

or a Mother

In your peripheral Space always the Other

Deconstruct Me for once to Reconstruct

The concrete Self and not the abstract.

Dr Anupama Chowdhury (MA, B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor of English, MUC Women's College, Burdwan, WB. She has published widely in journals of National and International repute. Her areas of interests are- Postcolonial Literatures, SAARC Literatures in English, Gender Studies, and Critical Theories. She has presented several scholarly papers in National and International Seminars. She is currently engaged in Post-Doctoral research on New Literatures in English and working on a project on SAARC Literatures


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