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Ethnic Worlds in Select Indian Fiction
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Ethnic Worlds in Select Indian Fiction

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  • Juri Dutta - Centre for Assamese Studies, Tezpur University, Assam


January 2019 | 166 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The book is the first of its kind in using the methodology of Comparative Literature to look at ethnographic fiction written in different regional languages of India.

The issue of cultural identity of writers has often been seen as a simple case of a one-to-one relationship between the writer and the community of his/her birth. However, in reality, there is no one cultural space that any writer, or even any individual, inhabits. Cultural boundaries are today more porous than ever, and it is highly problematic to see the writer as either an ‘insider’ or ‘outsider’ of any ethnic community about which he/she writes.

Informed by such perspectives, Ethnic Worlds in Select Indian Fiction closely looks at the chronological history of the Assamese ethnic novel within the framework of Comparative Literature. It is very rare that literary representations by and about ethnic communities in India have been compared and contrasted.

 
Foreword Professor Amarjyoti Choudhury
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
The Tradition of Assamese Ethnographic Novels
 
Forests, Human Rights and Development: Cross-Cultural Study of Select Novels of Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, Pratibha Ray and Mahasweta Devi
 
Folkloric Materials in Ethnic Novels (With Special Reference to Narayan, Rong Bong Terang, Lummer Dai, Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi and Sishuram Pegu)
 
A Feminist Reading of Kanyar Mulya (Lummer Dai), Alma Kabutari (Maitreyi Pushpa), and Select Short Stories of Mahasweta Devi
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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