Author: E V RamakrishnanEditor(s): E V RamakrishnanPublisher: Sahitya AkademiYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 412ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126020725
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 on 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 stimulated further debates and enquires regarding the relationship between the Indian novel and the thematic of nationhood.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSINTRODUCTIONSECTION 1: NATIONS AND NATIONALISM: CONTEXTS OF CULTURE AND POWERSearching for a Narrative in Times of GlobalisationImagining a Future: The Narrative in Search of Secular SpaceRecent Nation Theory and the Nationalist Quest in Indian NovelSECTION 2: ARTICULATING COMMUNITY: MEMORY, HISTORY, IDENTITYMemory, History and Fictional Representation of the PartitionThe Partition of India and the Hindi NovelThe Re/Discovery of India: The Engagement of Contemporary English Novel with Indian HistoryRegion-Country dialectic in Punjabi novelThe Other Voice: Women’s Writing in IndiaThe Nation in Search of Narration: a Note on the Dalit Novel in MalayalamThe Lead Melts and Severed tongues Find voice: A Note on the Emergent Gujarati Dalit NovelSECTION 3: NATION AND IMAGINATION: FROM TEXTS TO PEOPLEEarly Formulations of the Nation: Govardhanram Tripathi’s Sarasvatichandra in GujaratiReading Indulekha: Muslim in the Processes of Nation-TranslationNationalism, the Novel and PremchandThe Village and the Nation: Satinath Bhaduri’s Dhonrai Charit ManasNarrating Nation, Narrating Communities: construction of Muslim Identity in Qurratulain Hyder’s Aag ka DaryaThe Ethics of Witnessing: Vaikom MuhammadBasheer and the Subject of Historical NarrationThe Tin Drum Not Stop to Beat: A New Reading of Anand’s AalkkoottamCaste, Class and Gender in Mahasweta: Douloti as a National AllegoryThe National and the Anglo-Indian: A Study of The Trotter-NamaThe Novel and the Crisis of the Nation/Nation-State: A Reading of some Malayalam NovelsCONTRIBUTORS