Literature and Indian feminism

The novel has been an important weapon for South Asian feminism; a form of feminism that, for all appearances, is quite different from the form we are familiar with in the West. When it is no longer possible to employ the Western women’s movement as a model, it is necessary to stake out one’s own course, but this course requires stories, both biographical and functional in nature. “Reality Literature” means something quite different to these authors, from what it means to Scandinavians. For them, reality literature is a deadly serious matter.

Panel: Laxmi, Salma, Tishani Doshi and Jerry Pinto in conversation with Mira Beckstrøm Laurantzon.

When:Friday 2. June at 14:00
Where:Kulturhuset Banken, Festsalen
Price:120 kr
Info:The conversation will be in English



Laxmi is a Hijra activist, writer and dancer from India. Her book Me Laxmi, Me Hijra, has given a voice to transpeople. More >


Rokkiah Begum alias Rajathi Salma (born 1968) is an Indian Muslim author, columnist, social worker and speaker. Rajathi Salma is now a celebrated Tamil writer, her novel The Hours Past Midnight has been long-listed for the Man Asian Booker Prize. More >

Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi ia a poet, essayist and dancer.  She is one of the most important English-language, Indian poets of her time. At the festival she will present her poem Girls, which deals with sexualised violence against women in India More >

Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is a poet, novelist and journalist living in Mumbai. His latest book EM and the big HOOM, is about growing up in Goa as a catholic with a mentally ill mother. Amithav Ghosh wrote about the book: “Em and The Big Hoom is a profoundly moving book: I cannot remember when I last read something as touching as this.” Jerry Pinto will stay at Bjærkebek in May, and he will have a leading role during the festival.     More >

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