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R. K. Narayan
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R. K. Narayan

John Thieme

Abstract

R. K. Narayan's reputation as one of the founding figures of Indian writing in English is re-examined in this comprehensive study of his fiction. Arguing against views that have seen Narayan as a chronicler of authentic ‘Indianness’, the book locates his fiction in terms of specific South Indian contexts, cultural geography and non-Indian intertexts. It draws on recent thinking about the ways places are constructed to demonstrate that Malgudi is always a fractured and transitional site – an interface between older conceptions and contemporary views which stress the inescapability of change in ... More

Keywords: R. K. Narayan, Indian writing, Indianness, cultural geography, non-Indian intertexts, Malgudi, inescapability of change, modernity, founding figures, fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719059261
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Thieme, author