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Author Wiemann, Dirk.

Title Genres of modernity [electronic resource] : contemporary Indian novels in English / Dirk Wiemann.

Imprint Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, ©2008.

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Description 1 online resource (334 pages).
Series Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, 0929-6999 ; 120
Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft ; 120.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-330) and index.
Contents A modernity that is not one -- Meanwhile, in Indian standard time -- Mythologising the quotidian -- Typing the minutes -- Violent separation, violent fusion -- Unimagined communities -- Two versions of Sans Souci -- Writing home -- The aquatic ideal -- Desire and domestic fiction -- Still postcolonial after all these years.
Summary Genres of Modernity maps the conjunctures of critical theory and literary production in contemporary India. The volume situates a sample of representative novels in the discursive environment of the ongoing critical debate on modernity in India, and offers for the first time a rigorous attempt to hold together the stimulating impulses of postcolonial theory, subaltern studies and the boom of Indian fiction in English. In opposition to the entrenched narrative of modernity as a single, universally valid formation originating in the West, the theoretical and literary texts under discussion engage in a shared project of refiguring the present as a site of heterogeneous genres of modernity. The book traces these figurative efforts with particular attention to the treatment of two privileged metonymies of modernity: the issues of time and home in Indian fiction. Combining close readings of literary texts from Salman Rushdie to Kiran Nagarkar with a wide range of philosophical, sociological and historiographic reflections, Genres of Modernity is of interest not only for students of postcolonial literatures but for academics in the fields of Cultural Studies at large. Content Introduction Encountering Indian Novels in EnglishA Modernity That Is not One. Situating Indian Writing in English Meanwhile, in Indian Standard Time. Figuring Time and NationMythologising the Quotidian. Shashi Tharoor¿s The Great Indian Novel Typing the Minutes. Vikram Chandra¿s Red Earth and Pouring Rain Violent Separation ¿ Violent Fusion. Kiran Nagarkar¿s Cuckold Unimagined Communities. Vikram Seth¿s A Suitable Boy Two Versions of Sans Souci. The Public Life of DomesticityWriting Home. Into the Interior with Amit ChaudhuriThe Aquatic Ideal. The House as Archive in Amitav Ghosh¿s WritingsDesire and Domestic Friction: Arundhati Roy¿s The God of Small Things Still Postcolonial after All These Years. Instead of a ConclusionBibliographyIndex.
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Subject Modernism (Literature) -- India -- History and criticism.
Indic literature (English) -- History and criticism.
Literature and history -- India -- 20th century.
Literature and history -- India -- 21st century.
Chronological Term 1900-2099
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Wiemann, Dirk. Genres of modernity. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, ©2008 9789042024939 9042024933 (OCoLC)272561348
ISBN 9781435695313 (electronic bk.)
1435695313 (electronic bk.)
9789042024939 (pbk.)
9042024933 (pbk.)