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Untouchable Fictions: Literary Realism and the Crisis of Caste: Literary Realism and the Crisis of Caste
Untouchable Fictions considers the crisis of literary realism- progressive, rural, regionalist, experimental- in order to derive a literary genealogy for the recent explosion of Dalit ("untouchable"Expand
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Some Time between Revisionist and Revolutionary: Unreading History in Dalit Literature
This essay considers questions of Dalit historicity in terms of narrative time. Largely a product of the last two decades, Dalit (“untouchable-caste”) literature in Hindi is often read as anExpand
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The Dalit Limit Point
Mother Russia, Dalit Internationalism and the Geography of Postcolonial Citation
In a recent story by the Hindi writer Ajay Navariya, we see a copy of Maxim Gorky’s 1906 novel Mother on the bookshelf. Our protagonist, a young Dalit man, has moved his family out of the village inExpand
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The Fictions of Finance
What happens to culture in the age of finance capital? What happens to the fictions we create in an era when money—harnessed by a range of new, sophisticated, and increasingly abstruse financialExpand
Realism, Revisited: The Case of Dalit Literature
Abstract In The Flaming Feet, the Kannada critic D. R. Nagaraj expresses doubt that the aesthetics of realism can properly incorporate “lower caste cosmologies.” This is a sobering suggestion forExpand
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Fictional Murder and Other Descriptive Deaths: V.S. Naipaul’s Guerrillas and the Problem of Postcolonial Description
“Nothing that happened here could be important. The place was no more than what it looked” (45). In V.S. Naipaul’s 1975 novel Guerrillas, the bauxite dust of American factories hangs in a haze overExpand
A Minor Complaint