Transforming culture: myth-fiction interface in the Indian context

Batra, Jagdish (2017) Transforming culture: myth-fiction interface in the Indian context. In: Fourth International Conference on Language, Literature & Society 2017, 16-17 Jan 2017, Sri Lanka.

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Fictionalization or re-telling of myths has become a lucrative venture because of the ever-growing demand for new stories from the visual media and a huge overseas market. The re-telling of myths, per se, is nothing new; after all, we have had so many versions of the Ramayana in our country but the contemporary re-tellings are found to be subversive, artistic as also political interventions. My paper discusses these aspects besides dwelling on the conflict between the indigenous milieu insisting on reverence to cultural icons and the ongoing globalization that favours a postmodern playful irreverence. As the corpus of texts re-told keeps on expanding with writers like Ashok Banker, Namita Gokhale, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Nilanjan Chowdhary, Krishna Udayshankar…the list is endless, it appears to be opportune time to debate the issues involved.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Fictionalization | Re-representation | Re-telling | Globalization | Re-Orientalism | Ramayana | Mahbharata
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
JGU School/Centre: Office of English & Foreign Languages
Depositing User: Arjun Dinesh
Date Deposited: 03 May 2022 08:41
Last Modified: 03 May 2022 08:41
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