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Dissident FriendshipsFeminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity$
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Elora Halim Chowdhury and Liz Philipose

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040412

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040412.001.0001

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Who Are “We” in the Novel?

Who Are “We” in the Novel?

(p.182) Chapter 8 Who Are “We” in the Novel?
Dissident Friendships

Shreerekha Subramanian

University of Illinois Press

This chapter brings together the theoretical lesson in Arundhati Roy's distillation of “We” (from the documentary film, We, 2006) with Umrigar's novelistic fabric in The Weight of Heaven (2009). In doing so, this chapter reconfigures questions of transnational feminist possibilities into a new trajectory apart from “Us”' and “Them” wherein the third world female is always already an occupant, an Other. The chapter tackles the vicissitudes of globalization and capital that ultimately insurmountable in the quest for dissident friendships. Despite the failed dissident friendships in Umrigar's novels, this chapter nevertheless argues that the readers of these texts are transnational subjects who are imagining “feminisms unbound” through their agentic readings of such texts that reenvision the self-Other in a renewed relationship.

Keywords:   We, Arundhati Roy, Thrity Umrigar, The Weight of Heaven, Other, self-Other, globalization, dissident friendships

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