Suniti Namjoshi

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Suniti Namjoshi (born 1941) is an Indian writer, lesbian, and feminist whose work challenges traditional concepts of gender, sexual and cultural identity, and power. 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, and Tamil.


Biography[edit]

Suniti Namjoshi was born in Mumbai in 1941. She worked as an officer in the Indian Administrative Service before earning a PhD from McGill University. Namjoshi taught in the Department of English at the University of Toronto from 1972 to 1987, 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.[1]

In 1996 Namjoshi published Building Babel, a postmodern novel whose story continues online with a collaborative project that welcomes readers' contributions.[2]

Namjoshi currently lives and writes in Devon, UK.[3]

Bibliography[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • Feminist Fables. London: Sheba Feminist Publishers, 1981.
  • The Conversations of Cow. London: The Women's Press, 1985.
  • The Blue Donkey Fables. London: The Women's Press, 1988.
  • The Mothers of Maya Diip. London: The Women's Press, 1989.
  • Because of India: Selected Poems and Fables. London: Onlywomen Press, 1989.
  • Saint Suniti and the Dragon. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 1993.
  • Building Babel. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 1996.
  • Goja: An Autobiographical Myth. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2000.
  • Sycorax: New Fables and Poems. New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2006.
  • The Fabulous Feminist: A Suniti Namjoshi Reader. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2012.
  • Suki. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2013.

Poetry[edit]

  • 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.
  • From the Bedside Book of Nightmares. Fredericton, N.B.: Fiddlehead Poetry Books & Goose Lane Editions, 1984.
  • Flesh and Paper (with Gillian Hanscombe). Charlottetown, P.E.I.: Ragweed Press, 1986.
  • 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.

Children's[edit]

  • 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. North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2012.
  • Little i. Chennai, India: Tulika Publishers, 2014.

Translation[edit]

  • Poems of Govindagraj by Ram Ganesh Gadkari. Translated by Suniti Namjoshi and Sarojini Namjoshi. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1968.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suniti Namjoshi Papers (Ms. Collection 341) at University of Toronto
  2. ^ Spinifex Press Babel Building Site
  3. ^ Spinifex Press Author Suniti Namjoshi

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