The issue of cultural identity of writers has often been seen as a simple case of a one-to-one relationship between the writer and the community of his/her birth. However, in reality, there is no one cultural space that any writer, or even any individual, inhabits. Cultural boundaries are today more porous than ever, and it is highly problematic to see the writer as either an and lsquo;insider and rsquo; or and lsquo;outsider and rsquo; of any ethnic community about which he/she writes.Informed by such perspectives, Ethnic Worlds in Select Indian Fiction closely looks at the chronological history of the Assamese ethnic novel within the framework of Comparative Literature. The book is the first of its kind in using the methodology of Comparative Literature to look at ethnographic fiction written in different regional languages of India. It is very rarely that literary representations by and about ethnic communities in India have been compared and contrasted.
Foreword Professor Amarjyoti Choudhury Acknowledgements Introduction The Tradition of Assamese Ethnographic Novels Forests, Human Rights and Development: Cross-Cultural Study of Select Novels of Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, Pratibha Ray and Mahasweta Devi Folkloric Materials in Ethnic Novels (With Special Reference to Narayan, Rong Bong Terang, Lummer Dai, Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi and Sishuram Pegu) A Feminist Reading of Kanyar Mulya (Lummer Dai), Alma Kabutari (Maitreyi Pushpa), and Select Short Stories of Mahasweta Devi Conclusion Bibliography Index
Juri Dutta is presently working as a Research Associate in the Centre for Assamese Studies, Tezpur University, Assam. She was awarded PhD from Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh in 2007. She has published articles, poems, short stories in English and Assamese in several leading magazines and newspapers of Assam. A collection of her short stories (in Assamese) was published in 2009. Her book titled Ethnicity in the Fiction of Lummer Dai and Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi: A New Historicist Approach was published in 2012. She is presently carrying out research activities in the area of Assamese fiction. Her areas of interest include creative writing, regional fictions of India, ethnic literature, comparative literature and translation studies.