Deshpande, Shashi

About Shashi Deshpande

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Datta, Sudipta. "Listen to Me." The Hindu, 12 Jan. 2019

"Shashi Deshpande's Autobiography." The Times of India, 13 Nov. 2018

Siddiqi, Shams Afif. "A Writer in Her Parlour." The Telegraph, 12 Mar. 2004

Bains, Rajdeep. "Women Writers as the Other." The Tribune, 29 Feb. 2004

Mukherjee, Meenakshi. "On Her Own Terms." The Hindu, 7 May 2000



"Writing Like a Woman." The New Indian Express, 12 Dec. 2018

S., Bageshree. "'It Was Like Revisiting Old Friends'." The Hindu, 9 Apr. 2016

Singh, Manpreet J. "On Concerns and Creativity: An Interview with Shashi Deshpande". IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, vol. 10, no. 1, 2016

"Magical Terrains." The Hindu, 10 Oct. 2016

Anjum, Zafar. "Kitaab Interview with Shashi Deshpande." Kitaab, 3 Dec. 2014

Holm, Chandra. "Is Literature a Public Toilet that We Need to Have Signboards Saying Men and Women?" Outlook India, 21 Apr. 2001



Gunaseelan, Poonkulaly. "Splitting/ Violating the 'New Indian Woman' in Shashi Deshpande's The Dark Holds No Terrors (1980)." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, vol. 66, no. 1, 2018

Geetanjali Singh, Chanda. "'Womenspace': Negotiating Class and Gender in Indian English Novels." Emerging South Asian Women Writers: Essays and Interviews, Jussawalla and Weagel (eds.), 2016

Ray, Swagata, and Eeshan Ali. "Four Walls and Woman: A Study of Shashi Deshpande's That Long Silence." Debilitation of Ethics, Values, and Identity in the Postmodern Indian English Literature, Sattar and Ali (eds.), 2016

Kar, Babita, and Urvashi Kaushal. "Defining the New Woman: With Special Reference to the Major Works of Shashi Deshpande and Manju Kapur." Forum for World Literature Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 2016

Ben-Yishai, Ayelet. "'By Its Very Presence': Conventionality and Commonality in Shashi Deshpande's Realism." The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 52, no. 2, 2015

Jyoti, Kala. "Gender, Sex and the Psychodynamics of an Eternal Quest in The Dark Holds No Terror." Gendering the Narrative: Indian English Fiction and Gender Discourse, Mukherjee (ed.), 2015

Varughese, E. Dawson. "New India/n Woman: Agency and Identity in Post-Millennial Chick Lit." A History of the Indian Novel in English, Anjaria (ed.), 2015

Majumdar, Saikat. "Far from the Nation, Closer to Home: Privacy, Domesticity, and Regionalism in Indian English Fiction." A History of the Indian Novel in English, Anjaria (ed.), 2015

Sharma, Alpana. "The Modernism of Shashi Deshpande." South Asian Review, vol. 33, no. 1, 2012

Batty, Nancy Ellen. The Ring of Recollection: Transgenerational Haunting in the Novels of Shashi Deshpande (2010)

Zare, Bonnie. "First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Emptiness: Identity Formation in Shashi Deshpande's Novels." South Asian Review, vol. 25, no. 2, 2004



Autobiography/Life Writing

Listen to Me (2018)



Small Remedies (2000)

A Matter of Time (1999)

The Binding Vine (1992)

That Long Silence (1988)

Roots and Shadows (1983)

Come Up and Be Dead (1983)

If I Die Today (1982)

The Dark Holds no Terrors (1980)


Children's and Young Adult's Books

3 Novels: A Summer Adventure, The Hidden Treasure, The Only Witness (2006)

The Narayanpur Incident (1982)


Short Story Collections

Collected Stories - Vol. 2 (2004)

Collected Stories - Vol. 1 (2003)

The Intrusion and Other Stories (1993)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"Shashi Deshpande: 'Will India Become a Hindu Nation and Non-Hindus Become Second-Class Citizens?'.", 11 Dec. 2018

"A Writer's Look at Literature, Fiction and Mental Health." Indian Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 54, no. 4, 2012

"R.K. Narayan: A Personal View." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 42. no. 2, 2007

Writing from the Margin and Other Essays (2003)

"English's Inter Alia." Outlook India, 11 Mar. 2002

The Globalisation of Literature (2001)

"Of Liberals and Tyrants." The Hindu, 17 Jun. 2001

"Paved the Ways." Outlook India, 15 May 2001

"Seeking a Moral Base." The Hindu, 4 Feb. 2001

"At the Crossroads." The Hindu, 4 Jun. 2000

"Dog-eared Floppy Disks, Anyone?" Outlook India, 3 Jan. 2000

"Dear Reader." The Hindu, 2 Jan. 2000

"Straddling Two Worlds." English Studies in Africa, vol. 43, no. 2, 2000 

"The Power Within." Creating Theory, 2000


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Keynote Address by Shashi Deshpande. YouTube, 3 Feb. 2016

Why Shashi Deshpande Quit the Sahitya Akademi. YouTube, 9 Oct. 2015

English Language, Content and Discontent. YouTube, 19 Jul. 2014