Erasures by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
In Search of the Feminine Selves in Eighteenth Century
These are excerpts taken from the scholarly essay by Henrietta Ten Harmsel titled "The Villain-Hero in Pamela and Pride and Prejudice". My erasures deal with themes including trauma, societal stereotypes, sexual harassment and abuse and class differences. Our first sense of identity is formed in family, and it becomes the place we learn our first lessons in conditioning. My erasures seek to highlight the humor insofar deconstructing these stereotypes. I also deal with the portrayal of women characters, namely, Samuel Richardson's Pamela and the notion of 'chastity' as a societal construct and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and the ideal of an independent mind as another construct.
~ Sneha Subramanian Kanta
An awardee of the prestigious GREAT scholarship, Sneha Subramanian Kanta has a second postgraduate degree in literature from England. She is the cofounder of Parentheses Journal, a literary initiative that straddles hybrid identities across coasts and climes. Her work is forthcoming in VIATOR project, Cold Creek Review, figroot press and elsewhere.