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The emergency and the Indian English novel : memory, culture and politics / Raita Merivirta.

Author/Creator:
Merivirta, Raita, 1975- author.
Publication:
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
Format/Description:
Book
pages cm
Subjects:
Anglo-Indian fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- India.
India -- Politics and government -- 1975-1977.
Anglo-Indian fiction.
Politics and government.
Politics and literature.
India.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
"This book examines the cultural trauma of the Indian Emergency through a reading of five seminal novels. It discusses how the Emergency was an event that led to a prodigious outpouring of novels trying to preserve the forgotten horrors it wreaked on people and institutions of the country. The author reads works of Salman Rushdie, Shashi Tharoor, Nayantara Sahgal and Rohinton Mistry in conjunction with government white papers, political speeches, memoirs, biographies and history. They further explore the betrayal of the Nehruvian idea of India and democracy by Indira Gandhi and analyse the political and cultural amnesia among the general populace, in the decades following the Emergency. At a time when debates around freedom of speech and expression have become critical to literary and political discourses, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of English literature, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, media studies, political studies, sociology, history and for general readers as well"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Midnight's children : preserving memories for "the Amnesiac nation"
Safeguarding democracy in the great Indian novel
Family ties : nepotism and corruption in rich like us
The repressive state apparatus in such a long journey and a fine balance.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781138312982
1138312983
9780429285745
OCLC:
1085955092
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