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Sites of Commodification and Exploitation in Mahasweta Devi’s Breasts Stories

Mary Louisa Cappelli, JD, PhD

Independent Scholar, former Lecturer Emerson College.

  Volume 1, Number 3, 2016 I Full Text PDF

Article DOI:  10.21659/bp.v1n3.s108

Abstract

Mahasweta Devi’s literary sexual reportage in Breast Stories documents how women’s tortured bodies become the historical battleground of deeper socio-economic and political issues, their reproductive systems a discursive site for the examination of insurrection, resistance, and decolonization. In this analysis, I probe the socio-economic and cultural signification and commercialization of the breast in order to examine how women often employ them in their bare life struggles to combat poverty and starvation.

 Key words: Mahasweta Devi, adivasis, survival politics, reproductive justice, breasts