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- DescriptionThis study explores the connections between a secular Indian nation and fiction in English by a number of postcolonial Indian writers of the 1980s and 90s. Examining writers such as Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Shashi Tharoor, and Rohinton Mistry, with particularly close readings of Midnight s Children, A Suitable Boy, The Shadow Lines and The Satanic Verses, Neelam Srivastava investigates different aspects of postcolonial identity within the secular framework of the Anglophone vel. The book traces the breakdown of the Nehruvian secular consensus between 1975 and 2005 through these narratives of postcolonial India. In particular, it examines how these writers use the vel form to re-write colonial and nationalist versions of Indian history, and how they radically reinvent English as a secular language for narrating India. Ultimately, it delineates a common conceptual framework for secularism and cosmopolitanism, by arguing that Indian secularism can be seen as a located, indigeus form of a cosmopolitan identity.
- Author BiographyNeelam Srivastava is lecturer in postcolonial literature at Newcastle University, UK. She has published on Indian literature in English and anti-colonial cinema, and has co-edited a special issue of the journal Interventions on colonial and postcolonial Italy.
- Author(s)Neelam Srivastava
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication08/05/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleRoutledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight317 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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