Subjectivity Formations, Resistance and Sociological Knowledge of Dalit Writers in Telangana, South India
The research methodology is a discourse analysis of narrative interviews taken with the writers between 2012 and 2014. I further analyse their texts seeking to highlight an interlinkage between subjectivity formations, resistance and societal developments. In my research, I focus on Dalit writers from the newly established 29th Indian state called Telangana. The regional setting plays an important role in so far as it has formed subjectivities as well as traditions of resistance by Dalits and thus influenced feminist literature and sociological knowledge. Looking ahead, I question how these discourses continue as Telangana evolves. Which roles will literature written by Dalits play in ensuring that Telangana continues to be a state of critical writers, activists and thinkers?
The study draws from a transdisciplinary approach and incorporates sociological, feminist, post-colonial, and literary theoretical frameworks. The intersectionality approach of the paper discusses the various interlinked factors of sociological knowledge, resistances and subjectivity formations and therefore allows analysing these discourses from a broader analytical perspective.