Madness in Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’

Saadat Hasan Manto's short story 'Toba Tek Singh' (1955) was written in the aftermath of the Partition of India and Pakistan that accompanied independence in 1947 and satirises the insanity of the violence of partition. The satire is achieved by making a mental asylum the primary setting of the story and its inmates, including the … Continue reading Madness in Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’

Inter-generational Liberation in Ama Ata Aidoo’s ‘The Girl Who Can’

'The Girl Who Can' is a short story by Ama Ata Aidoo. Set in a village in Ghana, the story takes us into the world of Adjoa, the seven-year-old protagonist, who lives with her mother (Maami) and grandmother (Nana). Set in a household comprising only of three generations of women, the grandmother-the mother- the daughter, … Continue reading Inter-generational Liberation in Ama Ata Aidoo’s ‘The Girl Who Can’

The ‘Treasures’ in Bessie Head’s ‘The Collector of Treasures’

The short story 'The Collector of Treasures' was published in Bessie Head's collection of short stories - The Collector of Treasures: and other Botswana Village Tales. The story is about a woman named Dikeledi Mokopi who is charged with the murder of her husband, Garesego, and imprisoned. The story starts with her journey to her … Continue reading The ‘Treasures’ in Bessie Head’s ‘The Collector of Treasures’

‘The Yellow Wallpaper’: Reclaiming Control

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story 'The Yellow Wallpaper' first came out in 1892. It offers a sharp critique of the 19th century White American Patriarchal Bourgeois Society by reclaiming the narrative of hysteria that had been used to oppress women and their voices for a long time. This story is one of a woman with … Continue reading ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’: Reclaiming Control