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Title: Changing representations of space and identity in Indian women's novels, at home and abroad
Author: Bhattacharyya, Madhubanti
ISNI:       0000 0004 2710 4539
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis is a study of the changing ways in which novels by women of Indian ethnic origin have represented the relationships between spaces and identities and by extension, 'constructed' particular visions of both. Spaces, in this context, have been taken to refer to the larger concept of India, aswell asthe specific locations of homes, work-places etc, whilst identities refer, in this thesis, to women protagonists. My thesis builds upon cultural geographers' propositions that spaces and identities are mutually constructed (constructing) entities by suggesting that gendered experiences are also written about in gendered ways. Both experiences and representations are mediated by traits inescapable in a sprawling, hierarchical and unevenly populated country. Some of the most important of those factors, apart from gender are caste and/or class loyalties, as well as locations in rural or urban milieu within India, or outside of its geographical boundaries. The primary questions are these: are recognisably similar constructions of spaces and identities, (more specifically, 'India' and 'Indian women'), met with within the pages of the novels, or, do the differences take on recognisable patterns? The fact of these writers being women of Indian-ethnic origin, writing in English, adds another dimension of complexity, outside the worlds of the texts, but impacting those within; it is with these issues that Chapter 1 engages. The novels chosen for the purpose of this study have been grouped thematically (spatially), having first been divided into two categories based on the primary locations of the protagonists, within or outside India; these form the basis for Chapters 2 and 3. Not surprisingly, the characters' spaces mirror those of the novelists themselves and this thesis argues in Chapter 4, that the writers are constructed by their own environments even asthey re-fashion them through their writings.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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