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DALIT AESTHETICS: ALTERNATIVE LITERARY STRATEGIES
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CREATIVE FORUM – Journal of Literary & Critical Writings
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Dalit writing in its formative years has been largely about articulating protest, self-respect, angst, identity, dignity, critiquing religion, politics, patriarchy, dalit patriarchy and the demand for space for dalits in social, cultural, and political spheres. However writers attacking traditional icons and symbols were not equally vocal as to what to replace them with. Dr Ambedkar publicly burned the Manusmriti in 1927; this needed an alternative icon, and Buddhism that he embraced in 1956 provided an alternative to dalits. With the maturing of dalit writing in the last two decades, there have been attempts at drawing from alternative literary, cultural and religious sources. By doing so, contemporary dalit writers are now markedly deviating from the established norms, styles and techniques of mainstream writing. Fiction, imagination and romanticization in prose writings are replaced by documentary kind of narratives, blurring the distinction between realism and fiction. Stylized syntax, pretentious diction and standardized styles have now made room for dialect and sociolect, which have earned respectability thanks to dalit writing. Folk theatre forms are now resources for prose narratives. Hindu icons, imagery and value systems are now being replaced by dalit deities, rural imagery and upturned value system. The notion of beauty and truth for example, has undergone a drastic change now, privileging the individual and his/her felt experiences rather than an abstract notion of imaginary beauty and archetypal experiences.
• Sources of alternative narrative strategies
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