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A Land of One’s Own

Women and Land Rights in Literature and Society

Author(s): Lata Marina Varghese
Subject: Gender Studies

Book Description

This book presents an informative examination of how the issue of women’s land rights has been dealt with both in Indian literature, particularly Indian English fiction, and in Indian society. The human rights of women are a revolutionary notion that has opened the way for the definition, analysis, and articulation of women’s experiences of widespread violence, degradation, discrimination, and marginality. Globally, women’s land rights are becoming an area of increasing urgency and concern as discrimination against women over land, property and inheritance rights continues to keep them in a subordinate position even today.

Land empowers, and equality in land rights is an indicator of women’s economic empowerment and at the same time helps in poverty reduction. Many Indian writers, especially Indian English women novelists, have dealt with issues of land, dispossession, hunger and poverty in rural India in particular, but none have explicitly referred to women’s land rights. For men, land is an essential element of their identity as ‘provider’, but for women it is a demand for recognition as a human being. However, women in India are rarely landowners, and in most Indian families women do not own any property in their own names. They are usually refused a share in the paternal property, although, according to the Indian Succession Act, 1925, everyone is entitled to equal inheritance. Unfortunately in India, law and society conspire to deny women their right to land ownership, although there have been several legal amendments to redress this gender inequality. This book deals with the gap that lies between women’s land rights in India and the actual ownership of land.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7009-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7009-9
Date of Publication: 01/01/2015
Pages / Size: 95 / A5
Price: £36.99


Dr Lata Marina Varghese is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women’s Studies Centre at Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. She has two PhDs; her first is in English Literature from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, while her second is in Women’s Studies. Her book Wuthering Heights and The God of Small Things: A Thematic/Stylistic Comparison was published in India, while she is also the editor of SYNERGIA, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary research journal. Dr Lata Marina has published over 50 research papers in various international and national journals, contributed to several anthologies from reputed publishing firms, presented papers at numerous international and national seminars, and has also organized an international seminar and several national seminars and conferences. She is a University Grants Commission (UGC)-trained Instructor on Capacity Building of Women Managers in Higher Education. Her areas of interest include the novel, women’s studies, cultural studies, postcolonial literature and travel narratives.