Utopia and the Village in South Asian Literatures

Springer, 24 Ιουλ 2012 - 234 σελίδες
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Utopia and the Village in South Asian Literatures provides a searching exploration of twentieth-century literatures of the Indian subcontinent by refocusing attention on works that engage with the village and the rural as a trope. Mohan breathes new life into Michel Foucault's notion of heterotopia and continues a conversation with thinkers of utopia about the need for recuperating the utopian potential in postcolonial writings. The book provides provocative readings of some of the most important works of the 20th century in India and Sri Lanka (in English as well as in translation) and, in its conceptual sweep, presents a novel way of theorizing the intersecting but also distinct literary histories of India and Sri Lanka. Authors examined for their unique visions of the rural include Mohandas Gandhi, Leonard Woolf, Martin Wickramasinghe, O. V. Vijayan, Amitav Ghosh, and Michael Ondaatje. For both the novice and the scholar, this is a book that will truly define the horizons for understanding South Asian literatures and cultures, and their broader significance within postcolonial scholarship.

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ANUPAMA MOHAN is assistant professor at the University of Nevada Reno, USA, where she teaches South Asian studies, critical and literary theory, and Anglophone postcolonial literatures. She has written widely on Indian and Sri Lankan literatures, critical theory, and modern postcolonial drama. 

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