BABU FICTIONS: Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels

Paperback | January 22, 2006

byTabish Khair

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'...[An] intelligent and argumentative book on contemporary Indian English novels...' -- Michael Wood, London Review of Books'Khair's study is worlds away from the glossy Sunday supplements. He subjects writers and their works to a barrage of intellectual heavy artillery...Khair writes about the instrinsic, strictly technical, problems of representation that confront Indian writers of English, ever in danger of soundingparodic or patronising about non-Babu Indians.' -- Alok Rai, Outlook'...brilliant and insightful...[This book is] highly rewarding...' -- Makarand Paranjape, Gentleman'Khair is successful in his bid "to address Indian English texts without mutilating them to fit postcolonial paradigms". -- Meenakshi Mukherjee, former Professor, Delhi University'...a highly nuanced study of Indian English fiction...that takes as given the necessity to be live to local realities as well as to the international...Khair gives us interesting insights...on Indian English novel...writers and their works.' -- G J V Prasad, Tehelka'[The book has] an excellent, lucid introduction...Khair must be lauded for his intent [to] "examine Indian English fiction"...beyond and above the currents of a fashionable post-colonialism.' -- Amrita Bhalla, Angles on the English-Speaking World'...splendidly written, well researched, and balances theory and critical practice extemely well. The interweaving of literary and social motifs is also deftly accomplished.' -- Terry Eagleton, Warton Professor of English Literature, Oxford University

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'...[An] intelligent and argumentative book on contemporary Indian English novels...' -- Michael Wood, London Review of Books'Khair's study is worlds away from the glossy Sunday supplements. He subjects writers and their works to a barrage of intellectual heavy artillery...Khair writes about the instrinsic, strictly technical, proble...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 8.46 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:January 22, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195679032

ISBN - 13:9780195679038

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Table of Contents

IntroductionProblems of NarrationContexts of Babu FictionsMaps of Babu FictionThe Rhetoric of ExileA Cosmopolitan Identity: The Birthmakrs of HybridityLanguage: Problems of Dialogue and MappingII. Tensions in the NarrativeCaste: Teh Hiranyagarbha SyndromeTeh Urban Landscape: Neighbourhoods, a Class ApartGender and Class: A Well-placed DisplacementIII Ways of NarratingThe Indian and the Universal in Raja Rao: Making the WorldR K Narayan: A View from the WindowV S Naipaul: Narrating from the Empty CentreRushdie's Recipe for NewnessThe Example of Amitav Ghosh: 9Re0 Establishing ConnectionsAfterword: Conflictual SpacesAppendicesImperialism and ColonizationAliens from MarxCaste and ClassBibliographyIndex