Indian Literature in English-Lecture 09 Notes-Literature, Study notes for Indian Literature in English. Texas A&M University (TX)

Indian Literature in English

Description: Indian Literature in English-Lecture 09 Notes-Literature-Christoph Reinfandt Globalising India, Terror, the Postcolonial Exotic, Global Terrorism, Globalized Fiction, Vikram Chandra, , Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown, Kiran Nagarkar, God’s Little Soldier, Paradise Pickles , Inheritance of Loss, God of Small Things, Rana Dasgupta, Tokyo Cancelled
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INDIAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH:AN INTRODUCTION PROF. DR. C. REINFANDT
SS 2008 UNIVERSITÄT TÜBINGEN
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LECTURE 9 PAGE 1
Indian Literature in English: An Introduction
Lecture 9:
Globalising India:
Terror and the Postcolonial Exotic
1) Visions of Global Terrorism
(Rushdie/Nagarkar)
2) The Postcolonial Exotic?!
(Roy/K. Desai)
3) A Truly Globalized Fiction
(Dasgupta)
1) Visions of Global Terrorism
> Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games (2006)
> Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown (2005)
> Kiran Nagarkar, God’s Little Soldier (2006)
Shalimar the Clown:
Maximilian Ophuls – Boonyi (Bhoomi) Kaul – Noman Sher Noman
India Ophuls
Part 1: India [Los Angeles, 1991]
Part 2: Boonyi [Pachigam, Kashmir]
Part 3: Max [Strasbourg>Paris>London>US (>India)]
Part 4: Shalimar the Clown [Kashmir>Pakistan>Afghanistan>US]
Part 5: Kashmira [Los Angeles, 1991ff.]
“There was no India. There was only Kashmira, and Shalimar the Clown.”
INDIAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH:AN INTRODUCTION PROF. DR. C. REINFANDT
SS 2008 UNIVERSITÄT TÜBINGEN
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LECTURE 9 PAGE 2
That Rushdie now prefers the pursuit of a signature style to tragedy is itself a kind of trag-
edy. Shalimar the Clown is nearly that much needed thing: a tragic novel about the growth
of a terrorist’s mind in one of those rogue regions of the world [...] Instead, the novel is by
turns satire, old-fashioned revenge romance and Hollywood action movie, and it seems to
flaunt its determination to put as much padding as possible between readers and feelings
[...] The deliberate campiness and flight from character into archetype, which were so
prominent in Rushdie’s turn away from politics to beauty and talent in The Ground Be-
neath Her Feet (1999) and Fury (2001), have intensified, as has his pursuit of that elusive
beast, the great global novel.
Marco Roth, “Give the People What They Want: Salman Rushdie’s Many-Ringed Circus.”
TLS Sep 9 (2005): 19f.
Kiran Nagarkar (*1942 Bombay):
Saat Sakkam Trechalis (1974) [Seven Sixes are Forty Three]
Ravan & Eddie (1994/95)
Cuckold (1997)
God’s Little Soldier (2006):
Zia Khan vs. Amanat Khan
aka
Lucens
aka
Tejas
Zubeida Khaala
Antonia Booth-Langston
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