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Author Srivastava, Neelam.

Title Secularism in the Postcolonial Indian Novel : National and Cosmopolitan Narratives in English
Published Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (221 pages)
Series Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures
Routledge research in postcolonial literatures.
Contents Book Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedicaion; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Theories of secularism; 2 Minority identity in India: Midnight's Children and A Suitable Boy; 3 Secularism and syncretism in The Shadow Lines and The Satanic Verses; 4 Allegory and realism in the Indian novel in English; 5 The historical event in the postcolonial Indian novel -- I; 6 The historical event in the postcolonial Indian novel -- II; 7 Languages of the nation in Midnight's Children and A Suitable Boy; 8 Cosmopolitanism and globalization in Rushdie and Seth; Conclusions: Beyond dialogism?; Notes
Summary This study explores the connections between a secular Indian nation and fiction in English by a number of postcolonial Indian writers of the 1980s and 90s. Examining writers such as Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Shashi Tharoor, and Rohinton Mistry, with particularly close readings of "Midnight's Children", "A Suitable Boy", "The Shadow Lines" and "The Satanic Verses," Neelam Srivastava investigates different aspects of postcolonial identity within the secular framework of the Anglophone novel.; The book traces the breakdown of the Nehruvian secular consensus between 1975 and 2005 through these narratives of postcolonial India. In particular, it examines how these writers use the novel form to re-write colonial and nationalist versions of Indian history, and how they radically reinvent English as a secular language for narrating India. Ultimately, it delineates a common conceptual framework for secularism and cosmopolitanism, by arguing that Indian secularism can be seen as a located, indigenous form of a cosmopolitan identity
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Subject Cosmopolitanism in literature.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Indic fiction (English) -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Secularism in literature.
Cosmopolitanism in literature.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Indic fiction (English)
Literature.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Secularism in literature.
India -- In literature.
India.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203939344
1281007439
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9781281007438