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Title: The post-colonial 'nation-building' novel
Author: Chakraborti, Rajorshi
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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This is a ‘novelistic’ study, that, among and through its other objectives, will attempt to demonstrate how such a characterisation in no way excludes an engaged examination of history, politics, society, culture, ideologies etc. – i.e. the multiple ‘worldedness’ of human existence. We argue, on the contrary, that the inclusion of such dimensions is absolutely fundamental to the writing and interpreting of novels. By ‘novelistic’ we understand, and will establish in our first chapter, a mode of interrogation of human being-in-the-world that is ontologically oriented and epistemologically equipped, in a manner unique among discursive practices, towards evoking (repeatedly and diversely) the sheer fullness of existence itself. Thereafter our major objective will be to demonstrate that post-colonial novels in India and Africa have collectively subjected the processes of post-independence national becoming in their societies to uniquely exhaustive existential examinations, by utilising both the novel’s singularly comprehensive discursive capacities, as well as its radically flexible formal potential for alternative re-inscriptions. We establish how various novels have dissolved together in simultaneous, dynamic performance the spectrum of disparate times, spaces, selves, conflicts and interactive themes and dimensions that national becoming involves. But a later chapter will also examine how some post-colonial novels articulate heterogeneously-premised and directed trajectories of self-conception, community and solidarity, thereby envisioning alternative paradigm and histories that inevitably engage with but do not require nationalist discourses or the history of the State for their validation. This last possibility also applies to the narratives about and by the women in these societies: another chapter focuses on fictions examining various aspects of their particular relationships to their national histories, as well as the distinct dimensions and strategies of their daily lives that are influenced but refuse to be subsumed by the nation’s structures and categories.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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