What could be a topic for research on Anita Desai?What could be a topic for research on Anita Desai?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Writers like Desai provide some very interesting topics for research.  Desai's writing brings out many themes, and this allows for multiple points of view taken on her work.  On one hand, I think that the definition of what it means to be a woman is something that can be explored in her work.  Desai spends considerable effort in her work analyzing how social settings define women, and more important, how women define themselves.  The definition of women is fluid in her work and worthy of exploration.  At the same time, an equally interesting dynamic is how Desai writes about the definition of India.  Writing in the post- colonial setting, the conception of India is equally fluid in her work.  Both conditions are dynamic and provide much in way of analysis and thought.  They can be explored with a great deal of success.  Consider these elements at play in her work, Where Shall We Go This Summer:  "The island in the sea where the disturbed Sita finds temporary refuge becomes a symbol of the unborn fetus as well as the unborn female, both of which are being rejected by an ill-adjusted world."

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