Cosmopolitanism and the Indian Novel in English
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Neil Lazarus, Bill Keach, and Phil Rosen guided this manuscript through its first avatar as a dissertation at Brown University. Neil’s scholarship in Postcolonial Studies has influenced every page. Bill’s constant presence as an advisor and comrade has been tremendous. ...
Introduction: Looking Back
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Postcolonial Indian literary and cinematic texts, like many others around the world, have often concerned themselves with the question of “looking back.” The processes of postcolonial capitalist modernity—urbanization, industrialization, globalization—have pushed and pulled Indians from villages to cities, from the nation to the wider world (and back), ...
1. The Multiple Cosmopolitanisms of the Indian Novel in English
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In 1981 the India-born, England-residing Salman Rushdie exploded onto the global literary stage when Midnight’s Children, a magical-realist novel about postcolonial India, was awarded the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction. In terms of literary innovation, as Makarand Paranjape writes, Midnight’s Children’s “energy, its self-indulgence, irresponsibility, ...
2. Dawn of Freedom: Namak-Halaal Cosmopolitanisms in A Time to Be Happy and The Coffer Dams
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On August 14, 1947, at the midnight hour marking India’s independence from Britain, Jawaharlal Nehru, the incoming prime minister, delivered a memorable speech describing the significance of the moment to the nation and the world at large. Its opening lines, rich in figurative language, reveal the populist and internationalist orientations ...
3. Twilight Years: Women, Nation, and Interiority in The Day in Shadow and Clear Light of Day
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On June 25, 1975, at a different midnight hour in postcolonial India, the populist leader Jayaprakash Narayan was awakened by the proverbial knock on the door. Perhaps JP, as he is often known, was not surprised to be summoned so rudely by the government despite being a septuagenarian veteran of the struggle against the British. ...
4. After Midnight: Class and Nation in Midnight’s Children and Rich Like Us
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Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (1980) and Nayantara Sahgal’s Rich Like Us (1985), published soon after Indira Gandhi’s Emergency (1975–77), offer memorable and critical representations of that watershed event. Both novels portray the suppression of parliamentary democracy and civil rights under the Emergency as an acute crisis in Indian history. ...
5. “Naaley. Tomorrow” Suffering and Redemption in The God of Small Things
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Given Arundhati Roy’s stature within today’s international movements against corporate globalization and naked imperialism, it is shocking to remember that her Booker Prize–winning novel, The God of Small Things (1997), was initially met with a wave of criticism and even hostility from prominent sections of the Indian Left, ...
Conclusion: Looking Ahead
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I had the honor, in December 2004, of speaking at a conference in Tunisia commemorating the work of Edward Said, the celebrated Palestinian- American scholar who had passed away in the previous year. As is well known, Said was a prolific and insightful writer, and Orientalism (1978) laid the groundwork for the development of Anglo-American Postcolonial Studies as a field. ...
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Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2010