|Occupation||Poet, author, educator|
|Notable work||Feminist Fables|
Suniti Namjoshi (born 1941) is a poet and a fabulist. She grew up in India, worked in Canada and at present lives in the southwest of England with fellow writer, Gillian Hanscombe. Her work is playful, inventive and often challenges prejudices such as racism, sexism, and homophobia. She has written many collections of fables and poetry, several novels, and more than a dozen children's books. Her work has been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Hindi.
Suniti Namjoshi was born in Mumbai in 1941. Her father, Manohar Vinayak Namjoshi, was senior test pilot at [Hindustan Aircraft, Bangalore. He was killed when his plane crashed in 1953. Her mother, Sarojini Namjoshi, née Naik Nimbalkar is from Phaltan.
Suniti was sent to Woodstock, an American mission school in the Himalayan foothills, and then to Rishi Valley in Andhra Pradesh where J. Krishnamurthi used to come and talk to the children for a couple of months each year.
Having passed the IAS in 1964, she worked as an officer in the Indian Administrative Service before pursuing further education. She studied Public Administration and earned her Master's degree from the University of Missouri and earned a PhD from McGill University on Ezra Pound.
Namjoshi taught in the Department of English at the University of Toronto from 1972 to 1987. She wrote Feminist Fables in 1981. It was described in Feminism, one of her voices as a minor feminist classic and the work for which Namjoshi, who the article said produced a "brilliant body of work, marked by sparkling wit, word play and inventive power, emerged", is best known. She began writing full time in 1987, publishing fiction and poetry works. Kaliyug - Circles Of Paradise (play) and Flesh And Paper (poetry) were written in collaboration Gillian Hanscombe. Namjoshi has been influenced by Virginia Wolf, Adrienne Rich, her friend Hilary Clare, and Kate Millett's Sexual Politics. She has been active in the feminist movement and gay liberation movements.
Namjoshi was Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Women's Studies at Exeter University in England from 1995 to 2001, and was a member of the Literary Panel of the Arts Council of England from 1993 to 1996.
- Feminist Fables. London: Sheba Feminist Publishers, 1981.
- The Conversations of Cow. London: The Women's Press, 1985. ISBN 0704328704
- The Blue Donkey Fables. London: The Women's Press, 1988. ISBN 0704341158
- The Mothers of Maya Diip. London: The Women's Press, 1989.
- Because of India: Selected Poems and Fables. London: Onlywomen Press, 1989. ISBN 0906500338
- Saint Suniti and the Dragon. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 1993; London: Virago, 1994. ISBN 1 875559 18 3
- Building Babel. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 1996. ISBN 1875559566
- Goja: An Autobiographical Myth. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2000.
- Sycorax: New Fables and Poems. New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2006. ISBN 978-0-14-309984-0
- The Fabulous Feminist: A Suniti Namjoshi Reader. Delhi: Zubaan, 2012; North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2012.
- Suki. Delhi: Penguin India, 2012; North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2013.
- Poems. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1967.
- More Poems. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1971.
- Cyclone In Pakistan. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1971.
- The Jackass and the Lady. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1980.
- The Authentic Lie. Fredericton, N.B.: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1982. ISBN 0864920105
- From the Bedside Book of Nightmares. Fredericton, N.B.: Fiddlehead Poetry Books & Goose Lane Editions, 1984. ISBN 0864920318
- Flesh and Paper (with Gillian Hanscombe). UK: Jezebel Tapes and Books, 1986; Charlottetown, P.E.I.: Ragweed Press, 1986. ISBN 1870240006
- Because of India: Selected Poems and Fables. London: Onlywomen Press, 1989.
- Sycorax: New Fables and Poems. New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2006.
- The Fabulous Feminist: a Suniti Namjoshi Reader. New Delhi: Zubaan, 2012.
- Aditi and the One-Eyed Monkey. London: Sheba Feminist Publishers, 1986.
- Aditi and the Thames Dragon. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2002.
- Aditi and the Marine Sage. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2004.
- Aditi and the Techno Sage. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2005.
- Aditi and Her Friends Take on the Vesuvian Giant. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2007.
- Aditi and Her Friends Meet Grendel. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2007.
- Aditi and Her Friends Help the Budapest Changeling. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2007.
- Aditi and Her Friends In Search of Shemeek. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2008.
- Gardy in the City of Lions. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2009.
- Siril and The Spaceflower. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2009.
- Monkeyji and the Word Eater. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2009.
- Beautiful and the Cyberspace Runaway. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2009.
- Blue and Other Stories. (art work Nilima Sheikh). Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2012; North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2012.
- Little i. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2014.
- Poems of Govindagraj by Ram Ganesh Gadkari. Translated by Suniti Namjoshi and Sarojini Namjoshi. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1968.
- Works by or about Suniti Namjoshi in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Suniti Namjoshi | The fantastic fabulist Mint article by Diya Kohli
- Rath, Akshaya K (2014). "The Upside-Down Swan: Suniti Namjoshi". Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities VI (I).