Myths & Mythology in Salman Rushdie’s Mid Nights Children M.Vanisree Associate Professor, Department of English, S.V Engineering College for Women, Tirupati. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Salman Rushdie is a cosmopolitan and an international writer. He profoundly belongs to different cultures. Both his lineage as well as the country is somewhat disputed. The same reflects in his novels i.e., existential dilemmas of the individual.
Introduction: Theorist Erik Erikson coined the term identity crisis and believed that it was one of the most important conflicts people face in development. According to Erikson, an identity crisis is a time of intensive analysis and exploration of different ways of looking at oneself. Anita Majumdar Desai is the eminent and popular writer. She is one of the best contemporary women writers of Indian fictions in English, and the Emeriti John E. Burchard professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has given many famous novels to the world literature.
Lahiri presents a new dimension to English fiction through the exploration of displacement and conflict of values, which has become a typical neo-Indian phenomenon. Lahiri’s novels are known for their importance of characters. In all her novels, she explores the human mind. She places her characters in complex situations and they find themselves alienated. The Story revolves around two brothers that Subhash and Udayan grew up in Tollygunge.
Barton engages in the revisionary process of the traditional Crusoe tale (or myth). In one of her letters to Foe, Barton begins using his writing materials at his desk, telling Foe, “I know, but somehow the pen becomes mine while I write with it, as though growing out of my hand-and wrote at the head: “The Female Castaway. Being a True Account of a Year Spent on a Desert Island” (Coetzee 67). A “true” account implies that the truth of the Cruso narrative had not been faithfully represented. This misrepresentation is evident given that Barton’s year on the island did involve any cannibals or “bloody deaths” (Coetzee 67).
Writers in my position, exiles or emigrants or expatriates are haunted by some sense of loss […] that we will, in short, create fictions, not actual cities or villages, but invisible ones, imaginary homelands, India’s of the mind. (Mathur. 1993.113). Salman Rushdie is one of the most talked-about novelists of modern times extensively commended for the bold commencement of history, politics and identity for about a period of seventy years covering major incidents of different countries. The predicament of identity crises plagues many characters, right from the very start in the novels of Salman Rushdie, and also reflects the disjointed self with its autobiographical shades.
Therefore, the first remarkable feature of post-Independence Indian English fiction is the consolidation of their reputations by the leading trio Anand, Narayan, and Raja Rao. The graph of Anand’s achievement has never followed a steady course, exhibiting instead bewildering ups and downs; and it is possible to maintain that his first novel Untouchable still remains his finest work; but his long autobiographical saga of which three volumes so far appeared (Seven Summers (1951); Morning Face (1970); and Confession of a Lover (1976)) have promise to be an impressive fictional
Anita Desai is one of the most eminent and celebrated Indian English writers of the post-colonial era. Her contribution towards the contemporary Indian English novel remains almost unparalleled and hence her acclaim as a literary icon spreads far and wide on shores and beyond the shores. It is quite notable that she discovers new horizons in the world of fiction writing through her innovative approach with which she effectively deliberates on the burning issues in the contemporary Indian society, both rural and urban. In her writings, Desai effectively captures the conflict between and among her characters who are confronted with the unmitigated realities of life and even more interesting is the way she scans their mindset thus investigating
A distinguished doyen of Indo Anglican literature, Mulk Raj Anand is eminent for his realistic, socialistic and sympathetic presentation of the perennial problems of the poor and the pariah through his literary works. Mulk Raj Anand, a pioneer of Indian writing in English, has received worldwide recognition and acclamation for his note of socialism and humanism. He started writing at the moment when India was in the grip of colonial rule; the country was experiencing the evil of imperialism. As a prolific writer of social consciousness and political awareness, he could not help faithfully mirroring the society; poverty, illiteracy, superstition, religious hypocrisy, political upheaval, the caste system and untouchability became the staple of Anand’s
Naipal (A House For Mr. Biswas),Salman Rashdi,Vikarm Seth etc. have made Indian English literature . The conflict of eastern and western values is the theme of various novels written in post colonial literature especially in the novels of diasporic writers. The gender related issues with this conflict form the core of various novels by Indian women novelist and diasporic women writers. In the words of Mary Ann
The three novelists belong to urban upper middle-class, English-educated society, and deal with the world of woman. They depict their women characters in all their negative and positive traits. For these women novelists, character takes precedence over plot as they depict the inner landscape of their women protagonists. We see in the women protagonists the power of women, the deviousness of women, the helplessness of women and the courage of women. These novelists shatter the myth that women find fulfillment in marriage and portray an honest picture of women who aspire, attempt and strive to be their true selves.