Author: Padma Malini SundararaghavanPublisher: Orient BlackSwanYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 292ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788125050230
Fictionalising Myth and History offers refreshingly new perspectives on four postcolonial novels by writers hailing from different countries: Witi Ihimaera of New Zealand, Ngugi wa Thiong''o of Kenya, Shashi Tharoor of India and Salman Rushdie, the India-born writer living in the UK. It reveals how the boundaries of fiction, myth and history get blurred when forces of imperialism and resistance play out their power struggles in different countries. Political and culture myths are being constantly reshaped in a dynamic historical process, underlying which is the truth that political myths that shape history are crafted by the word of command. The novels explored here being metafictional texts, Sundararaghavan uses multiple theories in her analysis. This includes the ideas of Ernst Cassirer, Roland Barthes, Levi Strauss, Hayden White, and Greg Grandin among others. The book ends with a discussion of the future of postcolonial studies in a century when old colonies have shed their colonial bondage. Sundararaghavan examines the evidence of historians to show the need for new directions in postcolonial studies in the light of the emergence of financial colonization and other hegemonic structures. The book closes with an appendix that summarizes how the myth of the Aryan invasion of India has shaped the teaching and writing of history in India.
ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgements1. Introduction: Myth, History and Literature2. Myths Crafted and Myths CreatedMatigari by Ngugi wa Thiong’o3. New Prophets for a New CultureThe Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera4. The Modern Kurukshetra The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor5. Deconstruction: Saleem’s WayMidnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie7. The Politics of History and Fiction8. The Methods of Empire and the Future of Postcolonial StudiesAppendix: ‘Dismembering’ and the Myth of the Aryan Invasion Works ConsultedIndex