Human Rights and Literature: A Complementary Study in Indian Fiction in English

By Koyel Chakrabarty and Anup Beniwal.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The concept of Human Rights is as old as Art. Being about life, Art takes its sustenance from life and, as such, it is not only an artistic manifestation revealing a profound aesthetic construct but also a bearer of social and human significance. At one level, this artistic concern manifests itself through the exploration and postulation of Human Rights. And perhaps the art that deals and depicts life in its spectrum manifestations is literature. Literature in this process not only engages itself with human-right concepts, their vicarious possibilities, but also paves way for interdisciplinary readings of these two interrelated disciplines. These seemingly distinct subjects inform each other at the level of theory, praxis and pedagogy. Literary works can, therefore, be seen as potent and rich resources to correlate and study the Human Rights concepts, as both literature and Human Rights become complementary to each other. This paper understands Indian Fiction in English through Human Rights perspectives which involve a critical dissection of the chosen literary texts that highlight and problematize certain Human Rights concepts embedded in them. The study proposes to evolve as a sociological and deconstructive reading of the literary texts chosen for the purpose. In its problematization of Human Rights issues, the study would specifically focus on some literary representation of Dalits or the marginal/tribal people in Indian Fiction in English and English translation.

Keywords: Human Rights, Literature, Indian Fiction in English

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.23-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 595.728KB).

Dr. Koyel Chakrabarty

Lecturer in English, Department of Humanities and Department of English, BRCM College of Engineering and Technology, Bahal, Haryana, India

Presently a Sn. Lecturer in BRCM College of Engineering and Technology, Bahal, Bhiwani, Haryana, India,Ms. Koyel Chakrabarty is a Ph.D Scholar in Guru Gobind Singh Indraprasta University, Delhi working under Dr. Anup Beniwal, Dean, University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, GGS Indraprasta University, Delhi. Her areas of academic interest are New Literatures, Human Rights and Communication Skills. She is presently heading the English Department and the Language Laboratory in her organization. A scholar with avowed love for literature and research, Ms. Chakrabarty has regularly contributed several research papers in National Journals, books and represented herself at various International and National Conferences. She holds a PG Diploma in Mass Communication and has a good exposure in the field of Public Relations. Besides being a lover of art and nature, she is a creative writer writing poems and novels which have been published in several magazines and literary circles. She has been working actively with Common Ground Publishers lately and has served as Associate Editors to The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and The International Journal of the Arts in Society.

Prof. Anup Beniwal

Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Education, Department of English, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprasta University, Delhi, Delhi, India

Presently Professor and Dean, University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprasta University, Delhi, Dr Anup Beniwal has been teaching English and Communication Skills to both Undergraduate and Post graduate students for the last 19 years. Prior to joining USHSS, GGS IPU he was with the Department of English, M.D. University, Rohtak. His areas of academic and research interest include Indian English Fiction on Partition, Indian Writing in English Translation, Translation and Communication Skills. Himself an avid student of literature, he has been supervising M.Phil and Ph.D. research projects. Apart from authoring a book entitled Representing Partition: History, Violence and Narration, he has regularly contibuted research papers, review articles and translations in prestigious national/refreed journals, newspapers and magazines. He has also translated Ramnika Gupta’s activist Hindi prose/essays into English. At present he is busy translating an anthology of Hindi short stories. He also holds an additional charge of Dean, University School of Education.

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