Fragmented Humanity -Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, through the lens of Postmodernism Fragmentation, being the major tool of Postmodernism; the concept of fragmented identity has its due importance. The humanity was in a great search for identity after the World War II. Michael Ondaatje's novel The English Patient reads the pulse of the postmodern era. The idea of fragmentation is dealt exclusively in the novel. The distinct nature of post modernity is analyzed through the various forms of fragmentation employed in the novel.
★★★★★ A Long Walk to Water is a creative non-fiction story about the life of one of the Lost Boys from South Sudan during the Second Sudanese Civil War. The primary character, Salva Dut, relates his life from a pre-teenager wandering with groups of other war victims from refugee camp to refugee camp, and then to his new home with his new family in Rochester, New York as a young adult, and finally back to his family of origin in Sudan. Ultimately, Salva creates an organization that digs wells, the ultimate gift of life, for small Sudanese villages. The book opens with Salva daydreaming during Arabic class. Jolted back to reality by gunfire, Salva obeys his teachers who say not to run back home to their villages but to run for the bush instead.
Q1- Speculative fiction texts frequently have a clear political critique at their center, offering warnings about the present and the future. How can dystopian fiction go beyond warning to testimony? Use texts by both American or European and Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) authors to explore how dystopian fiction can be a medium for testimony or bearing witness, as well as criticism. Are there aspects of dystopian speculative fiction that make it particularly appropriate for testimony? Focus your analysis on three or four novels, though feel free to reference other books from your list.
- Rabindranath Tagore , The Sunset Of The Century In Tagore’s novel, The Home And The World, there is a strong criticism of nationalism by taking the view point of the three main characters: Nikhil, Bimala and Sandip. Each have a separate idea about nationalism and the characters build according to those notions. The use of multiple atmakathas or first narratives the author provides
If challenging the coloniser’s literary canon is very common in postcolonial writing, the question whether to use the language of one’s oppressor for the postcolonial literature is a more complicated one. The grounding debate on this question between Indian author Salman Rushdie and Kenyan scholar Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o can illuminate the post-Soviet case of Zherebtsova’s novel. Rushdie believes that postcolonial writers can and must freely work in the coloniser’s language. For him, “English is an Indian literary language” (Rushdie 370) and to use it by an Indian author is the very way to overcome the colonial past: if the “peoples who were once colonised by the language are now rapidly remaking it, domesticating it” (Rushdie 369), it stops being owned solely by the coloniser, and can be used for a dialogue with him or a fight against him. However, for wa Thiong’o, “English is not an African language”, and priority must be given to national languages (wa Thiong 'o 367).
This study is posing a re-reading of The Enchantress of Florence, the fictional fantasy created by the most controversial and talked-about novelist of the present, Salman Rushdie. This work makes a clear suggestion that its author worked really hard to assume an in-depth knowledge about the past politics of both the hemispheres. The unusual inclusion of a bibliography at the end of the novel points towards this direction. Such a great span of effort necessitates the adoption of a different style too. Various themes and seemingly incomprehensible logics have to be made acceptable to the reader.
This paper aims to study one of the many Indian authors who write in English and write on Indian society but from a satellite eye of the West. Rohinton Mistry is one such seminal writer of the post modern era, under consideration, whose fiction has won various accolades across the world. This paper shall dive into a deep study of two of his major works – “Family Matters” and “A Fine Balance”, to study the nuances of Indianness and also its anxieties as put forward by Meenakshi Mukherjee in her essay, ‘The Anxiety of Indianness’. In these two texts of Mistry, this paper shall seek to decode questions of identity, place, language, culture and nation. While “A Fine Balance” is set amidst the times of Emergency in India, “Family Matters” is embedded
The Cultural Conflict: An Analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies Manoj Kumar (Research Scholar, Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Allahabad) Email- email@example.com Abstract The present paper tries to analyze cultural and social theme that we face in the fiction of Jhumpa Lahiri, one of the most dazzling authors of diaspora. The topic of culture is always a matter of interest especially when it has to do with an alien setting. Lahiri’s characters represent different social walks of life and always find themselves caught in two different worlds, one that they have left behind and other in which they try to adjust and thus face a cultural conflict. This cross cultural conflict is always present is most of her stories. The immigrants especially in America easily become accustomed to the tradition and culture and find it suitable to settle there but the craving for their
Book review – the argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen It takes courage and defiance for a person still learning, to select a work from celebrated author like Mr. Amartya Sen, and accept that one might even require to criticize the work, based on one’s limited yet very personal understanding of it. Even so I was able to gather the courage because the content of ‘The Argumentative Indian’, is so profound, stimulating and overarching, that it compelled me to go beyond a simple reading. Mr. Sen is looking at the History, Identity and culture of India through the lenses of contradictions that have been part of literature, religion, gender conceptions and society the nation. He organizes his study in four sections, dealing with ‘Voice and Heterodoxy’,
Every age has its own tensions, aspiration, frustration and sense which determine the works of that period. Indian English fiction has constantly been receptive to the alters in the physical reality and the diverse perspectives of theories. At the initial stage the fictional works of the writers like R.K.Narayanan, Raja Rao and Mulk Raj Anand were mainly concentrated on the oppressed subject of the society, cultural ethos, traditional values, middle class life etc. Next stage of writers like Bhabani Battacharya, Ruth Pawar Jhabvala, Arun Joshi, Chaman Nahal, Kamala Markandaya, Nayantara Sahgal wrote about the social reality. Contemporary writers explore wide range of areas including globalization, power politics, post colonialism, haves and have not’s and political imperialism.