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Riddles of BelongingIndia in Translation and Other Tales of Possession$
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Christi A. Merrill

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229550

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823229550.001.0001

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Christi A. Merrill

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823229550.003.0008

In this book, tragedy is not the fact of same-sex union but of a patriarchal system that renders women property and men property owners. When the men in the town insist the two women cannot stay married, the two lovers exile themselves and find refuge in an old ruin inhabited — serendipitously enough — by ghosts who take their side against the conservative townspeople. This book thus appropriates traditional storytelling techniques to challenge traditional unexamined notions of right and wrong, and in the process challenges us to rethink our relationship to past, present, and future. Such examples of double entendre might allow us to account for the complex investments we have in these tales of injustice to speak for those we understand to be otherwise silenced and disempowered.

Keywords:   patriarchal system, storytelling, injustice, serendipitously, double entendre

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