A study of alienation in Taslima Nasrin’s select poems


  • Abdu Rahoof PG & Research Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli – 620020


Madwoman, Barred, Sharpened knife, Overcrowded


The theme of Alienation is discussed in literature by various forms. Alienation forms the subject of many psychological, sociological, literary and philosophical studies. It plays a major role in human condition in the contemporary epoch. This paper is focused on the psychological alienation of Taslima Nasrin’s select poems in ‘BURNING ROSES IN MY GARDEN’. This research paper explores Nasrin’s exile experience, particularly her journey to the United States and later to UK, as portrayed in chapter 93-97 of “BURNING ROSES IN MY GARDEN”. It delves into her decision to leave her homeland, the mode of communication through letters to her mother, her departure, the loneliness what she experienced in post-emigration, and the subsequent self-discovery. The narrative also touches upon a pivotal moment of the patriarchal society and its people come to terms with the reality of her situation. Throughout the collection, Nasrin uses her poems to uncover the truth and depict society’s reaction to her words and works. Some poems are written during her forced confinement in Delhi from November 22-2007 to March 19, 2008. It is to examine the insights of the select poems of poetry collection of “BURNING ROSES IN MY GARDEN” and try to illuminate Nasrin’s exile and the societal responses to her provocative expressions.


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