Bhat, Shilpa Daithota: "Sita-centric Revisionism in Sita’s Ramayana, Androcentric Encoding and Conceptualizing the Diasporic abla nari." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2021), S. 1–18.
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Keywords: "Ramayana", "Sita’s Ramayana", Adaptation, Arni. Samhita, Art, Chitrakar. Moyna, Gender, India, Literature
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Sita’s Ramayana is a graphic retelling of the ancient Indian Ramayana epic. The self-explanatory title suggests the representation of the epic narrative from Sita’s perspective, highlighting the gender aspect and the need for Sita-centric retelling. The ideological flipping is not a new one as this study will show and the graphic rendition modality is contributory to the genre. Through encoding androcentric and patriarchal cultural signs, the Ramayana’s plot has usually been expressed from the point of view of men or ‘society’ – via the deployment of such terms as pativratas, Shakti and abla nari. It also gestures at the frequent stereotypical gendered approach to the entire subject. In this study, I explore the conceptual possibilities of how Arni and Chitrakar rearticulate and flip the representation of the Ramayana epic through a revisionist approach and a Sita-centric retelling. I also look at the theoretically contended genre that generates scope to render the plot both through the printed word and through deploying the Bengali Patua painting form.
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