The Village by the Sea

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The Village by the Sea

A novel by Anita Desai

What's Postcolonialism?- Imperialism & its impact.- Broad and narrow senses of the term.- Writing back (Rushdie).- Otherness & difference (Said, '78). Silence & (Lack of) Identity (Spivak, '85). Inbetweenness (Bhabha, '90).- New voices, deconstruction, subjectivity, polysemy. New Englishes.The Village by the Sea:- Post-independence novel- Indianness: cultural capasules, local colour, differences.- Language

1814: British Raj (followed by abolishment of sati)1947: Independence. Bond breaking with the British. Abolishment of caste system.1950: Constitution.Land: South vs. North. Monsoon.Languages: 18 official languages. Hindi. English. Dialects (and states). Literature in English: "struggle for self-assertion".


The Village by the Sea

Postcolonial Lit

Anita Mazumdar: 24 june 1937, Mussoorie, India.Languages: English, Hindi, German.German mother-Bengali fatherWriting: Short stories, nouvelles, novels, children's books. Imagery and symbolism. Dialogue and reflection.Women's oppression in India.India's rush to Modernity.Abandonment and dislocation.


Postcolonial identityIn-betweennessIndiannessShe lives in the U.S.A. Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.BibliographyCry the Peacock (1963)Clear Light of Day (1980)The Village by the Sea (1980)Baumgartner’s Bombay (1988)Fasting, Feasting (1999)

Religion: Hinduism. Islamism. Multiple dieties: Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva. Ramayana & Mahabharata. Vedic Books. Symbolism. Spirituality & rituals (e.g. puja, diwali).Family: Extended. Son vs. daughter.Main philosophical concepts:- Oneness with nature: "The dance of Shiva"- Social & natural determinism: karma & dharma- Circularity: life, time, nature.- Salvation


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