Rapid developments in the fields of trade, market, commerce and telecommunication techlogies, together with cultural confrontations at the global level are creating a paradigmatic shift in people's understanding of selfhood and identity. This book makes a serious attempt to trace and map out the making of contemporary post-national identities within the subcontinental cultural production of India and in its English Fiction. One of the structural ventures of this study is that these newer identities, which are basically fragmented, ruptured, hyphenated, and palimpsestic in nature, require new descriptions and new elaborations within the field of creative literature and literary criticism. In order to pursue its research on these lines, the present work contrasts the tion of subjecthood and identity with the earlier phases of Indian cultural imagination as represented in some of the pioneering works of Indian English Fiction that have w attained a canical status. By analysing some of the predominant concerns that work as leitmotif in most of the Indian English vels, the book brings together and reinterprets some problematic concepts such as history, culture, religion, nation and nationalism and creates a theoretical axis upon which it charts insightful and engaging aspects of selfhood and identity.
The Author: H S Komalesha obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, where he was an Institute Scholar. He is a career Gold Medallist from the University of Mysore, from where he has an M.A. in English. He has published widely on Indian English Literature and postcolonial studies. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of English at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.