Cast Me Out If You Will

Cast Me Out If You Will

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Lalithambika Antherjanam
An engaging, vital collection—stories and memoir by the first feminist of Kerala.

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Publication Date: 04-01-1985

Translated by Gita Krishnankutty
Foreword by Meena Alexander
Introduction by Gita Krishnankutty

"There have been no women in our part of the country whose names posterity found it worthwhile to cherish," writes Lalithambika Antherjanam (1909–1985) in "Come Back", her fictional account of an Indian woman activist's life. In Cast Me Out If You Will, however, Antherjanam's stories bring to life the experiences of women living at all levels of Indian society. From the faithful and devoted nanny of "Wooden Cradles" to the lonely young bride of "In the Moonlight," Antherjanam's characters are keenly observed and faithfully rendered. This unique collection of short stories and personal memoirs—a compilation representing half a century of writing and activism—is the ideal introduction to one of India's best-loved and foremost feminist authors.

Antherjanam was an early feminist of Kerala, at the tip of India's subcontinent, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her family was supportive, encouraging her education and writing, but as a Brahmin woman she was confined to seclusion until her marriage, fortunately arranged to a man sympathetic to her pursuit of women's rights. Antherjanam's stories offer clear-eyed and chilling testimony to the brutal oppression suffered by Indian women "cast out" if they dared to stray from enforced subjugation. At the same time, they celebrate their resilience, resistance, and vitality of these individuals. This volume includes a selection of her fiction and memoir, which captures early moments in India's nationalist and feminist movements.

"A most welcome publication. It is simultaneously a work of great cultural interest to scholars of social structure and feminism in the Indian subcontinent, a courageous exploration of women's rights, and a work of poignant literary merit."
—Sara Suleri Goodyear, founding editor of the Yale Journal of Criticism