“Why Don’t You Speak?”: The Narrative Politics of Silence in Senapati, Premchand, and Monica Ali

@inproceedings{Anjaria2011WhyDY,
  title={“Why Don’t You Speak?”: The Narrative Politics of Silence in Senapati, Premchand, and Monica Ali},
  author={Ulka Anjaria},
  year={2011}
}
Like so much of what Ramchandra Mangaraj says in Fakir Mohan Senapati’s Oriya novel Chha Mana Atha Guntha (1897–99), his questions quoted above lack the concern they imply: as a wily landowner, a neglectful husband, and a ruthless acquirer of the eponymous chunk of land, Mangaraj has, in fact, no interest in what his wife has to say. Nevertheless, his rhetorical questions speak to a larger concern in the narrative politics of Chha Mana and of fictional texts in general. While postcolonial… Expand
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