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The emergency and the Indian English novel : memory, culture and politics

Author: Raita Merivirta
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
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"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  Read more...
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Merivirta, Raita, 1975-
Emergency and the Indian English novel.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019010506
(OCoLC)1085955092
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Raita Merivirta
ISBN: 9780429285745 0429285744 9781000008630 1000008630 9781000001792 1000001792 9781000015157 1000015157
OCLC Number: 1102593035
Description: 1 online resource.
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.
Responsibility: Raita Merivirta.

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"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"--

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