The Theme of Silence in Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence


  • Divya Mishra Research Scholar University of Allahabad, India



This article deals with one of Deshpande’s most significant novels, That Long Silence. In studying the novel from a feminist point of view, an effort has been made to study Deshpande’s psychological insights into the Indian woman’s behaviour. This novel deserves much attention as it is generally considered to be amongst her best and has been singled out among her novels by the Sahitya Academy’s prestigious award in the year 1990. 


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Author Biography

Divya Mishra, Research Scholar University of Allahabad, India




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How to Cite

Mishra, D. (2016). The Theme of Silence in Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence . International Journal Online of Humanities, 2(5), 15.