Transgender Literature Of India – An Avant-Garde Arrow In The Quiver Of Postcolonial Literature

Document Type : Primary Research paper


1 Assistant Professor in English K L University, Green Fields Vaddeswaram, Andhra Pradesh, India.

2 Lecturer in English SKBR Government Degree College, Macherla Guntur Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India.

3 Research Scholar, Department of Education Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India


Transgenders of India who have been marginalized and decentered for decades have taken to writing to let their unheard voices echo in the ears of society. Their writings are impregnated with their ordeals to be recognized as mere human beings let alone to be treated equal. However, this was not the fate of Indian transgenders throughout the history. In fact, they enjoyed revered and respectable lives till the advent of the West. Colonizers with their tool of cultural imperialism seized the psyche of Indians and metamorphosed their attitudes towards transgenders. The present paper is an attempt made to consider transgender literature of India as a part of Postcolonial literature produced by the nation. For this purpose the present paper studies four autobiographies of Indian Transgenders Vidya’s I Am Vidya, A. Revathi’s The Truth About Me., Laxmi Narayan Tripati’s Me Hijra, Me Laxmi, and Manobi Bandopadhyay’s A Gift of Goddess Laxmi.