Vinod Valiathakidi Balakrishnan, C.S. Robinson
December 21, 2011
The paper discusses two writers who belong to distinct cultural spheres: Alice Walker (African American) and Bama Faustina (Dalit). The former is prodigious and versatile. The latter is emerging as a significant voice of protest. The idea of "planetarity" as expounded by Gayatri Spivak in "The Death of a Discipline" is deployed as a theoretical armature that allows for a comparison of two remarkable representatives of their respective cultures who have been articulating and animating the hideous aspects of racism and of caste discrimination. The comparison moreover is an intervention in the continuing conversation in Comparative Literature as to how, in the context of Globalization, borders need to be crossed and the values of the humanities revisited for the survival of the discipline.