Utopia and the Village in South Asian Literatures
Palgrave Macmillan, 24 Ιουλ 2012 - 248 σελίδες
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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Achakka’s agenda Amitav Amitav Ghosh Anil Anil’s Ghost anticolonial argue ashram become Beddagama Bloomsbury British Buddhist century Ceylon Ceylonese village civilization colonial connected consciousness construction Coomaraswamy creates critique cultural discourse dystopia dystopic English ethical European fiction flâneur Fokir Foucault Gamperaliya Gandhi Gandhian Ghosh heterotopia heterotopic Hindu homotopia Hungry Tide ideal ideological imagined India Ja-takas jungle Kannada Kanthapura Khasak kind land language Leonard Woolf Leonard Woolf’s literary literature lives Lusibari Malayalam Martin Wickramasinghe modernist modernity Muslim Nanda narration narrative nation-state nationalist Ondaatje one’s Piya Piyal Podi Singho political postcolonial present provides Rao’s Ravi Ravi’s reading realism representation Sanskrit Sarachchandra Sarath Satchidanandan Sellohamy Silindu Sinhala nationalism Sinhalese social South Asian space Sri Lanka subaltern Sundarbans swaraj symbol Tamil tion tradition transformation trope twentieth twentieth-century understanding urban utopia Vijayan vision voice Waiting Earth walauwe Wickramasinghe Wijenaike Wijenaike’s women Woolf’s novel writing