For years, Lankan writers were locating the moral impetus for their writing in the theatre of rural and urban life, in scenarios of poverty, class/caste inequity, and, of course, like every one else, in the entrances and exits of Eros and Thanatos. That traditional stage has not been abandoned by contemporary Sri Lankan women writing in English. Given the macabre events of the last decade, writers have also faced a far more demanding scene and script, which some have boldly confronted. That confrontation is hardly safe, but it is played out in the words and works of some of our women writers.



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