Stereotyping Dalit Masculinity in Vijay Tendulkar’s Play Kanyadaan (1983)



Dalit Masculinity, Politics of Caste, Mental Deformity, Social Reformation


Aims: The paper aims to study the intricate relationship between Dalit dispossession and mental deformity. It explores the role of social experiences and expressions in shaping Dalit Masculinity as unfolded in the play Kanyadaan. It studies the stigma of the caste, the plight of Dalit women, and Dalit politics and unravels stereotypical representations of Dalit masculinity.

Methodology and Approaches: The research is qualitative and analytical. The paper uses existing Dalit literature and R.W Connell's concept of Multiple Masculinities as a theoretical framework and uses feminism and psychoanalysis approaches for textual analysis.

Outcome: The study presents Kanyadaan as an anti-Dalit play and unveils the milieux of class and caste to scrutinise gender and emotional conflict through language and behaviour. It interrogates liberal reformism as an experiment in terms of inter-caste marriage and its impact on women who are doubly marginalised. The study takes into cognisance the role of the Dalit Panther movement and the resurfacing of Dalits in social spaces.  

Conclusion and Suggestions: The article focuses on discarding the one-dimensional treatment of hierarchy, highlights inherent violence and lack of agency for women and brings us closer to the sufferings of an idealist father who sacrificed his daughter at socio-political ideology. In the future, a study of multiple masculinities in other literary texts where the intersectionality between caste and gender exists can be done to develop a nuanced understanding of the complexities involved.


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Author Biography

Aliya Saba Mirza, Ph.D. Scholar, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, 202002, U.P. , India

Aliya Saba Mirza is a research scholar in the Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University. She is pursuing her Ph.D. She qualified for NET on 31st December 2019 and was awarded the Maulana Azad National Fellowship on 30th November 2020.



How to Cite

Aliya Saba Mirza. Stereotyping Dalit Masculinity in Vijay Tendulkar’s Play Kanyadaan (1983). SPL J. Literary Hermeneutics: Biannu. Int. J. Indep. Crit. Think [Internet]. 2024 Jan. 6 [cited 2024 Jul. 18];4(1):67-7. Available from: