Mridula Koshy’s The Large Girl: A Distinct Feminine Self

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Dr. Anita Sharma
Ms. Sangeeta Negi


Mridula Koshy’s short story The Large Girl overtly presents the new woman and her feminine desires in a new perspective quite similar to Ismat Chugtai’s stories in a Post modern context. Women writers have been challenging the traditional, age old portrayal of a self-sacrificing female towards the conflicting female protagonists, often searching for their own identity and desiring in a new feminine self. Being bold and beautiful they even represent sexuality of women in their texts which has remained till recent times a silent/controversial subject to talk or write about. Under the influence of Post modern feminism, the image of women in recent Indian writings has also undergone a sea change in modern Indian women narratives. But the most controversial lesbian subject has not been discussed loudly so far in Indian literature by any male or female writer. Still in this cosmopolitan world a few female writers like Manju Kapur, Mridula Koshy, Kamala Das, Amruta Patil, Shobha De and Anita Nair with a fresh outlook and a new perspective in a stream of feminine consciousness became the pioneers to explore and portray the element of lesbianism in the modern and post modern world. Based on this emerging voice in literature, the paper attempts to explore/unearth lesbian voices in Mridula Koshy’s short story The Large Girl. The paper would also put light on many pertinent questions regarding lesbianism when a woman turns away from heterosexuality for making her life more independent and comfortable ignoring the wicked and cruel concept of patriarchal social structure.


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Dr. Anita Sharma, and Ms. Sangeeta Negi. “Mridula Koshy’s The Large Girl: A Distinct Feminine Self”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 2, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 195-01,
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