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Prose of the World  -  Modernism and the Banality of Empire
Prose of the World - Modernism and the Banality of Empire

Prose of the World - Modernism and the Banality of Empire

by Saikat Majumdar

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English

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Orient BlackSwan

ISBN

9788125051237 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 244

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Paperback

Saikat Majumdar
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Author: Saikat Majumdar
Publisher: Orient BlackSwan
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 244
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788125051237

Description

Everyday life in the far outposts of empire can be static, empty of the excitement of progress. A pervading sense of banality and boredom are, therefore, common elements of the daily experience for people living on the colonial periphery. Saikat Majumdar suggests that this impoverished affective experience of colonial modernity significantly shapes the innovative aesthetics of modernist fiction.Prose of the World explores the global life of this narrative aesthetic, from late-colonial modernism to the present day, focusing on a writer each from Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and India. Ranging from James Joyce's deflated epiphanies to Amit Chaudhuri's disavowal of the grand spectacle of postcolonial national allegories, Majumdar foregrounds the banal as a key instinct of modern and contemporary fiction -- one that nevertheless remains submerged because of its antithetical relation to literature's intuitive function to engage or excite.Majumdar asks us to rethink the assumption that banality merely indicates an aesthetic failure. If narrative is traditionally enabled by the tremor, velocity, and excitement of the event, the historical and affective lack implied by the banal produces a narrative force that is radically new precisely because it suspends the conventional impulses of narration.COMMENT:“This book provides us with a powerful rethinking of the vexed relationship between empire and modernism, an unprecedented probing of the internal logic of the modernist movement, and a smart meditation on the role of the ordinary and banal in the making of the language of modernism.” = Simon Gikandi, Princeton University

Contents

ContentsIntroduction: Poetics of the Prosaic1. James Joyce and the Banality of Refusal2. Katherine Mansfield and the Fragility of Pakeha Boredom3. The Dailiness of Trauma and Liberation in Zoe Wicomb4. Amit Chaudhuri and the Materiality of the MundaneEpilogue: The UneventfulAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex

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