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Literary constructs of the self : socio-cultural contexts /

Literary constructs of the self :  socio-cultural contexts /
DK Number:DK-205914
ISBN: 8131603083
Title: Literary constructs of the self : socio-cultural contexts /
Author: edited by Santosh Gupta, Mini Nanda.
Imprint: Jaipur : Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies : Rawat Publications,
Physical Desc.: viii, 232 p. ; 22 cm.
Year: c2010
Price: USD 27.35
Summary: Papers presented at a conference on 'Writing the self : India and Canada', held at Jaipur during 22-24 February 2006.
Volume Title: section 1. Reflections of the creative self -- section 2. Critical explorations.
Subject Strings: Self in literature--Congresses.
  Indic literature (English)--History and criticism--Congresses.
  Canadian literature--History and criticism--Congresses.
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The essays examine the diverse modes of narration of the self in literary texts and present views on construction of the self, the way language affects the persona within the text, words as a means of liberation and the importance of the perception of the reader vis-à-vis the self as expressed in the text. They view the impact of writers’ locations in history, nation and diaspora on narratives and the human images they contain, and the effect of translations between languages. The contributions by noted writers and critics explore literary texts, autobiographies and films afresh for the purpose, relating them to their aesthetics, social, cultural and psychological contexts.

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Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
Introduction1
Section I: Reflections of the Creative Self
1Writing the SelfU.R. Ananthanmurthy15
2From Being to BecomingRajee Seth21
3Writing the Self: Intent and ContentMridula Garg30
4The 'I' of the Storm: The Self in Literature - Form and Trans - FormLakshmi Kannan39
5Words Liberate MeEsther David50
6Writing the Self that Isn't, or Not Writing the Self that Is, Boils Dow to the Same: Writing the Self is What Each Reader Sees in ItUma Parameswaran53
Section II: Critical Explorations
7The Difficulty of Writing/Reading the SelfJasbir Jain63
8Becoming Canadian, Becoming Indian: History, Politics and Ideology in MalukaHarish Narang81
9Beyond Purdah: Intersubjectivity and Interstitiality in Imtiaz Dharker's PoetrySudha Rai96
10Childhood Ghosts and the Scars of Adulthood: Lamming's In the Castle of My SkinUrmil Talwar111
11Self/Selves?: Voices in the Construction of Alias GraceSudha Shastri124
12Fictionalizing (Her) Self: Alice Munro's Short StoriesBandana Chakrabarty136
13Unburying the Self ? : Confessions of Failure in Alice MunroNilofer Kaul147
14The Role of Focalization in the Construction of the Self: A Study of Three Canadian Short StoriesPreeti Bhatt158
15A Narrative of Self-Reclamation: Ramabai Espinet's The Swinging BridgeCharu Mathur170
16Interrogating the Arab-American Experience: The Novels of Diana Abu-JaberNidhi Singh179
17Writing as Healing: Unless by Carol ShieldsUma Mahadevan189
18The Vagaries of Memory and the Shaping of the Self: Carol Shields' The Stone DiariesMini Nanda198
19Self within the Shadows of HistorySantosh Gupta212
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