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Narrating India: The novel in search of the Nation

Narrating India: The novel in search of the Nation
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Item Code: IDG170
Author: E. V. Ramakrishnan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8126020725
Pages: 412
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
About the Book:

The papers collected in this volume were presented originally at a national seminar organized by the Akademi on The Novel in Search of a Nation. The various sessions of the seminar addressed issues such as the region and the nation, articulating the local, rewriting/rereading history, women and the nation, Limits of the nation and the nation and beyond. The papers included here were selected solely for their value for a larger audience consisting of both general readers and specialists in Indian literature.

The papers in the first section of the book deal with some general issues regarding narratives of the nation. They map the larger contexts for subsequent sections. The focus of the second section is an certain collectivities. Themes such as the Partition, representation of women, treatment of Dalit experience and region and the nation are discussed. The third section turns to individual texts for detailed analysis.

This volume will stimulate further debates and enquiries regarding the relationship between the Indian novel and the thematics of nationhood.

About the Author:

E. V. Ramakrishnan (b. 1951) is a bilingual poet and critic writing in Malayalam and English. He has more than seven books to his credit. He has received the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1995. He is currently teaching English at the South Gujarat University.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements9
Introduction11
SECTION 1 : NATIONS AND NATIONALISM:
CONTEXTS OF CULTURE AND POWER
Searching for a Narrative in Times of Globalisation
Neera Chandhoke
21
Imagining a Future: The Narrative in
Search of Secular Space
Jasbir Jain
51
Recent Nation Theory and the Nationalist
Quest in Indian Novel
Gurbhagat Singh
72
SECTION 2 : ARTICULATING COMMUNITY:
MEMORY, HISTORY, IDENTITY
Memory, History and Fictional Representation
of the Partition
Alok Bhalla
84
The Partition of India and the Hindi Novel
Abdul Bismillah
122
The Re/Discovery of India: The Engagement of
Contemporary English Novel with Indian History
Avadhesh Kumar Singh
130
Region-Country Dialectic in Punjabi Novel
Tejwant Singh Gill
158
The Other Voice: Women's Writing in India
Joya Mitra
182
The Nation in Search of Narration: A Note on the
Dalit Novel in Malayalam
K. Ayyapa Paniker
192
The Lead Melts and Severed Tongues Find Voice:
A Note on the Emergent Gujarati Dalit Novel
Neerav Patel
198
SECTION 3: NATION AND IMAGINATION:
FROM TEXTS TO PEOPLE
Early Formulations of the Nation: Goverdhanram
Tripathi's
Svati Joshi
209
Reading Indulekha: Muslim in the processes of
Nation-Translation
MT Ansari
225
Nationalism, the Novel and Premchand
Manager Pandey
243
The Village and the Nation: Satinath Bhaduri's
Dhonrai Charit Manas
Sumanta Banerjee
257
Narrating Nation, Narrating Communities:
Construction of Muslim Identity in Qurratulain
Hyder's Aag ka Darya
M. Asaduddin
283
The Ethics of Witnessing: Vaikom Muhammad
Basheer and the Subject of Historical Narration
Udaya Kumar
305
The Tin Drum Does Not Stop to Beat: A New
Reading of Anand's Aalkkoottam
V. Rajakrishnan
329
Caste, Class and Gender in Mahasweta:
Douloti
Jaidev
343
The Nation and the Anglo-Indian: A Study of
The Trotter-Nama
Shyamala A. Narayan
379
The Novel and the Crisis of the Nation/Nation-State:
A Reading of Some Malayalam Novels
E. V. Ramakrishnan
393
Contributors409

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