Thematic Study in Shashi Deshpande’s Novels


  • Ravi Rani Research Scholar Acharya Nagarjuna University Department of English Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Dr Pankaj Kumar Supervisor, Department of English Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India


Women struggle, Assigned, Self-identity, Confines, Complexities, Context, Disturbed, Expose, Tradition, Subservient, freedom of women.


Shashi Deshpande is an eminent contemporary women writer in Indian writing in English. Her protagonists find themselves entrapped in the roles assigned to them by society, but achieve self‑identity and independence within the confines of their marriage. The present study, based on the selected novels of Shashi Deshpande deals with the complexities of man woman relationship especially in the context of marriage, the trauma of disturbed adolescence with reference to four novels of Shashi Deshpande namely That Dark Holds No Terrors (1980), The Binding Vine (2002), That Long Silence (1989),  A Matter Of Time (2001), Roots and Shadows (1983), Small Remedies, Penguin India (2000), Moving On, Penguin Books India (2004). She depicts what happen to men and women in and after marriage, what they have been, what they have become and what is in store for them. The changes in status of men and women after marriage and the changing nature of marital relationships are presented in these four novels. Focusing on the marital relation she seeks to expose the tradition by which a woman is trained to play her subservient role in the family. Shashi Deshpande’s novels also show how carefully she expresses the frustration and disappointment of women which they experience in their marital relationship. It suggests concerted efforts by men and women towards creating a mature and balanced gender relationship.


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A Matter of Time. New Delhi: Penguin, 1996.
Deshpande, Shashi. The Dark-Holds-No Terrors: New Delhi: Vikas, 1980.
Moving On. New Delhi: Penguin, 2004.
Roots and Shadows. Bombay: Orient Longman, 1983.
Small Remedies. New Delhi: Penguin, 2000.
The Binding Vine. New Delhi: Penguin, 1992.
That Long Silence. New Delhi: Penguin, 1989.
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Rani, R., & Kumar, D. P. (2020). Thematic Study in Shashi Deshpande’s Novels. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(3), 22. Retrieved from