KARUKKU:  AN CONFESSION OF BAMA’S REAL LIFE STORY By Padma Priya and Dr. Sunitha Anilkumar


Dalit literature is written by dalits. Dalit literature first found its voice in Marathi in 1960s and 1970s and appeared in other languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.  Dalit literature uses autobiography as a literary genre and Dalit writers shares their personal experiences of oppression, injustice  and caste discrimination.

Bama is a Tamil Dalit feminist, novelist and dedicated teacher. Bama’s novels focus on caste and gender discrimination. She portrays caste discrimination which prevails in between religions. Bama’s works are deals with Dalit feminism and it encourages and celebrates the inner strength of subaltern woman. She became prominent with her autobiographical novel Karukku. Bama’s narrative is not linear but expresses her woes of oppression and social discrimination in lively manner. Karukku is a poignant novel which speaks about the author, Bama’s childhood experiences. Through this book Karukku, Bama confesses the pain of oppression, discrimination and injustice, of being a Dalit, christian woman. The main objective of this paper is to demonstrate that, Karukku: An Confession of  Bama’s  Real Life Story. 

Keywords: Discrimination, Oppression, Determination, Injustice, Marginalization.

[1] Ph.D. Research Scholar, Department of English, Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai – 30

[2] Research Supervisor, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai-30

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