Postliberalization Indian Novels in English: Politics of Global Reception and Awards

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Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan
Anthem Press, Apr 15, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 250 pages

Indian novels in English have generated a considerable amount of interest both in India and in English-speaking countries, particularly during India’s postliberalization period since 1991. For India, this period has seen unparalleled consumption of global goods and exposure to international media, and has resulted in Indian writers writing in English (including writers of Indian origin) catching the attention of the Western world like never before.

“Postliberalization Indian Novels in English: Politics of Global Reception and Awards” focuses on Indian writers writing in the English language, whose concerns are related to India in her immediacy, and who have come into literary prominence in the postliberalization period. Such writers have broached issues including nationalism, diaspora, identity, communalism, subaltern representation, modernism and the impact of globalization. Although the idea of this study is not to undermine the value of their novels, its aim is to consider the correlation of their novels’ themes with the workings of the organized, global market processes now present in postliberalized India.

As such, some large questions arise: What are the cultural and critical frameworks that define literary reception? Has there been a marked shift in the reception of Indian novelists writing in English postliberalization? To what extent are the works of these writers driven by the dictates of the market, and does a commercially/economically driven media influence critical/commercial perceptions? And are there certain thematic concerns and representations which are deemed “prize and attention worthy,” and do these factors influence the critical/commercial reception of the novels?

In investigating these questions, this critical handbook reveals the forces shaping the modern Indian novel in the postliberalization period, and provides a systematic approach to the study of Indian novelists in terms of their global reception. 

 

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Contents

THE WRITINGS OF PANKAJ MISHRA
1
KUNAL BASU AND THE POLITICS OF DECANONIZATION
9
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING CHETAN BHAGAT
19
WRITING INDIA IN GLOBAL TIME
31
ARUNDHATI ROYS MADE IN INDIA BOOKERBOILER
41
THE WHITE ELEPHANT? POSTLIBERALIZATION THE POLITICS OF RECEPTION AND THE GLOBALIZATION OF LITERARY PRIZES
51
THE GLOBAL RECEPTION OF M G VASSANJI
67
IDENTITY AND REPRESENTATION IN MANJU KAPURS THE IMMIGRANT
77
THE INDIAN ARCHITECT OF A POSTNATIONAL UTOPIA
127
VIKRAM SETHS MULTIPLE LITERARY CONSTITUENCIES
141
Chapter Fourteen WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KAAVYA VISWANATHAN?
151
KIRAN DESAIS GLOBAL STORYTELLING
167
NARRATIVES OF THE INDIAN DIASPORA BY CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
185
GLOSSARY OF INDIAN WORDS
195
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
197
BIBLIOGRAPHY
201

RECOLLECTING AND RELOCATING BOMBAY
87
MARKETING COMPULSIONS AND ARTISTIC INTEGRITY
103
Chapter Eleven ROHINTON MISTRY AND THE CANLIT IMPERATIVE
113

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About the author (2013)

Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan teaches and writes on film studies, popular culture, drama and contemporary South Asian fiction. She is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.

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