CRITIQUING CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS: A RE-READING OF INDIRA GOSWAMI’S NOVEL THE MOTH-EATEN HOWDAH OF THE TUSKER FROM A FEMINIST POINT OF VIEW


Dhurum Sula Boro
Assistant Professor, Department of English,
Missamari College, Missamari. Sonitpur, Assam, India


Abstract
Customs refer to some rules and regulations of a society and Traditions refer to custom, opinion, or belief handed down to posterity, esp. orally or by practice. (Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus III, 2008) Here, Indira Goswami in her novel The Moth-Eaten Howdah of the Tusker comments on the customs and traditions which have been followed by the people and their impact on the society on which the social constructions of the people are based. Customs should bring order in a society but in the novel we espy the opposite of it. Again, we have seen that most of the customs and traditions portrayed in the novel lead people to superstition –which is “irrational fear of the unknown or mysterious.” (Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus III, 2008). The objective of this paper is to analyze how Indira Goswami questions and critiques customs and traditions prevalent in the South Kamrup in the mid twentieth century from a feminist point of view.

Key words: Customs, Society, Superstition, Traditions

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