Bama (born ), also known as Bama Faustina Soosairaj, is a Tamil, Dalit feminist, committed teacher and novelist. She rose to fame with her autobiographical novel Karukku (), which for Dalit children in Uttiramerur. Bama’s Karukku has been translated to English and Kusumbukkaran and Sangati to French. Using Bama’s Karukku as a case-study, it explores the shift between the generic conventions Bama’s Karukku appeared in the Tamil version in (English. Karukku is the English translation of Bama’s seminal autobiography, which tells the story of a Dalit woman who left her convent to escape from the caste.

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Bama (writer)

Buy the selected items together This item: I cannot believe it got translated. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Oxford University Press; 2 edition 14 April Language: Social Women’s history Feminist history Timeline of women’s rights other than voting. Karukku broke barriers of tradition in more ways than one.

karujku Just thinking who I should gift this book. What struck me, in particular, is the symbolic importance of clothing as a marker of social capital that she writes of. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

‘Karukku’: An Autobiography By Bama Exploring Her Tamil, Dalit And Christian Identity

Bama attributes education as the absolute reason for all her achievements in life and emphasises that only through education a change can happen. Women’s history Feminist history Timeline of women’s rights other than voting. Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 10 days. It is also notable for outlining the experience of Dalit Christians and the same caste discrimination that Dalits face as Hindus, they face as Christians and the casteism that permeates Church institutions.

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The book was originally written by her in Tamil in and translated into the English version that I read by Lakshmi Holmstrom in But even with education and jobs, she never makes any contact with other Dalit activists, striving on her own yb fulfill her desire of doing something for her community.

Bama is the pen name of a Dalit Christian, a former bby who decided to renounce her habit and come out of the convent to fight for the rights of her community when she realised that in India, even the hallowed halls of yb Roman Catholic church was contaminated with the po I have recently decided to read more of Indian literature, and subaltern literature in particular.

I read Bama’s interview and how this book was the first telling of the Dalit story.

Karukku – Bama Faustina, Lakshmi Holmström, Mini Krishnan – Oxford University Press

Revolving around the main theme of caste oppression within the Catholic Church, it portrays the tension between the self and the community, and presents Bama’s life as a process of self-reflection and recovery from social and institutional betrayal. It is now, for the very first time that I must learn to be truly alone. I do neglish recommend reading it, just to get a glimpse of how things really are – no gloss, no glitter.

Education also becomes one of the most prominent factors, for the story reveals the hypocrisy tha A short and a gripping read! Return to Book Page.

These were their rules. To ask other readers questions about Karukkuplease sign up. Ln a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In when a Dalit woman bqma the convent and wrote her autobiography, the Tamil publishing industry found her language unacceptable.


Bama rendered her tale in simple and plain words. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Her stories about the different ways she felt discrimination lit up the text. Nick O’C rated it really liked it Feb 04, Preview — Karukku by Bama.

Karukku by Bama

She recalls how she was treated differently from others as a Dalit woman and admonished harshly every time she tried to stand up for herself, think for herself or speak on behalf of those the convent was actually meant to serve. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Pudhupatti, Chennai StateIndia. The same oppression that Bama faced outside, she faced in school and college, making it all even harder to pursue an education she could barely afford and that she had to fight hard for as a englissh.

The English translation, first published in and recognized as a new alphabet englsh experience, pushed Dalit writing into high relief. Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer.

As she describes her journey from childhood to adulthood, she narrates how caste and religion shaped her life and identity, and how it also worked as an oppressive force in the lives of Dalits.