Fiction and Society

Narrativisation of Realities in the Novels of Shashi Deshpande and Githa Hariharan

By Sarita Prabhakar

This book, working through a close reading of two well-known Indian novelists - Shashi Deshpande and Githa Hariharan - explores the fluid and multi-layered nature of reality and its relationship to fiction. There can be no clear division between the two women's approaches, and they exist in a tenuous and magical relationship that cannot be easily dissolved by a return to the "real world." Both of these writers have used storytelling traditions and techniques with which they work on (re)formulating our understanding of reality. Storytelling, which uses the memory as a fictionalizing agent, forms new patterns of transforming reality into a new construct. This goes on to destabilize underlying assumptions and helps the reader look afresh at socio-cultural realities from multiple viewpoints. The embedding of stories - both mythological and real - into the narrative expands the narrative structure and lends an additional dimension to the novels. This book takes the position that - grounded in social, historical, and political realities - the works of these two writers exhibit an intense, postmodern self-reflexivity that allows for alternative visions of reality. This takes the study away from being confined to a feminist reading of the two contemporary great writers who have made a significant contribution to the world of literature.

182 pages

Publication Date: 11/15/2011
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131603871

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