This collection of 21 contemporary short stories and poems from various Indian languages reframes the mother-daughter relationship as a significant issue for women’s writing from India.
In An Endless Winter’s Night the daughter’s place in the family classes is often further complicated by the accelerating influences of education, travel, new forms of interpersonal relationship and reproductive technology that has given many young women new mobility and freedom to make decisions about their fertility, their relationships with men and the power structures of their communities. Included in this volume are some interesting examples of contemporary developments from the interpersonal to the technological impinging on age-old patterns of familial interaction and mediated through cultural specificities and the emotional tangles of the mother-daughter relationship. This anthology calls upon feminist scholarship in India to foreground the mother-daughter relationship to permit new insight into what it means to be female in contemporary India.
Ira Raja & Kay Souter (eds)