When a literary canon is created and upheld, which are the voices that are amplified and which are the voices that are lost in the fray? Can marginalised bodies and experiences truly find representation in such a canon? These are the questions Urvashi Butalia, the co-founder of India’s first feminist publishing house, asks in her talk, ‘Feminist Publishing’. Drawing upon her years of experience in the publishing industry, Butalia highlights how the process of knowledge-creation is often controlled by those who wield power in society, and emphasises the need to document, create and publish alternate stories and historiesthat represent marginalised voices, and counteract otherwise biased and exclusionary narratives.
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