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Home Fiction

Dengel-Janic, Ellen:
Home Fiction : Narrating Gendered Space in Anita Desai‘s and Shashi Deshpande‘s Novels / Ellen Dengel-Janic. - Würzburg : Königshausen & Neumann, 2011. - 226 S. - (Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik : ZAA Monograph Series ; 13)
ISBN 978-3-8260-4499-1
EUR 34,00
DDC: 823.91409355

This book argues that Indian literature in English has brought forth a novelistic genre which can be described as ‘home fiction.’ In contrast to the celebrated historical novels by writers such as Amitav Ghosh and Salman Rushdie, ‘home fiction’ revolves around the private space of home, the lives of women and their families. With its domestic setting and private histories, ‘home fiction’ has developed particular literary strategies which effectively negotiate and critique discourses on nation, gender, and identity and thus transcend the supposedly private nature of the home. Casting a critical perspective on the male-dominated spaces of history and politics, this study focuses on two of the most prolific Indian- English women writers, Anita Desai and Shashi Deshpande, and the ways in which they dismantle the highly idealised image of the home as secluded female space. [Verlagsinformation]

Introduction: Beyond the Private Space of Home. 1
I. 'Vande Mataram': Mother India and the Conceptualisation of 'Home'. 25
II. Tracing the Origins of 'Home Fiction': From Bankimchandra Chatterjee's Rajmohan's Wife (1864) to Raja Rao's Kanthapura (1938). 41
III. Anita Desai's Disintegrated Homes. 69
IV. Shashi Deshpande's Haunted Homes. 129
V. Conclusion: 'Home Fiction' and the Challenges of the Present. 191
Bibliography. 199
Index. 221

ELLEN DENGEL-JANIC studied English and German literature at the Universities of Regensburg, Aberdeen and Tübingen. She is a lecturer in English literature and cultural studies at the University of Tübingen. Her major interests are in the field of Anglophone literatures and cultures, film studies and gender studies. Profilseite.

Quellen: Königshausen & Neumann; Deutsche Nationalbibliothek;; WorldCat