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Sarah Joseph emanates more light and heat as she climbs
up the literary horizon, and as a result her fiction draws
serious critical appraisal. Both the Kerala Sahitya Academy
Award and the Kendra Sahitya Academy Award for
Aalahayude Penmakkal(Daughters of God the Father) have
alerted serious rethinking on woman’s writing and subaltern
literature in the literary circles of Kerala.
Sarah Joseph was born at Kuriachira in Thrissur in 1946.
Her father Louis was inclined to Marxian ideology and was keen
on reading periodicals and books related to it. Her mother
Kochumariam was a typical conservative Christian housewife
who took special care to marry her daughter off before the age
of fifteen. As Sarah could continue her studies, the only
difference that she felt after her marriage to Joseph was that she
could wear a ‘davani’ (half–saree). She went for the teacher’s
training course and got a job as a school teacher. Later she did
her M.A and joined the collegiate service. That phase of her
teaching career at Pattambi Sanskrit College was the smithy of
her formation as a feminist . She has retired from government
service and lives at ‘Geethanjali’, Mulamkunnathukavu in
The feminist activist in Sarah Joseph is the other
side of the woman writer. She was the harbinger
of feminist movement in Kerala and the founder
of ‘Manushi – organisation of thinki