Colonialism, Modernity, and Literature: A View from India by S. Mohanty

By S. Mohanty

The manufactured from years of cross-border and cross-disciplinary collaboration, this is often an leading edge quantity of essays positioned on the intersection of multi-disciplinary fields: postcolonial/subaltern idea; comparative literary research, in particular with a South Asian and transnational concentration; the research of 'alternative' and 'indigenous' modernities

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S. 15 When the exploited banana workers go on strike, the lawyers dismiss their demands with “decisions that seemed like acts of magic” (306; emphasis mine). García Márquez demystifies such acts by detailing their machinations as he depicts the company variously employing delaying techniques, false identities, and jailings to avoid addressing the workers’ accusations. When the workers bring their complaints before the higher courts, the lawyers discount their demands with the “proof” that the banana company “did not have, never had had, and never would have any workers in its service because they were hired on a temporary and occasional basis .

Senapati does not, as García Márquez does, incorporate testimonies in order to directly expose the truth about the crimes; instead, he opts for a portrayal of Mangaraj’s trial that makes it clear Mangaraj gets off too easily. 35 Those who testify are asked to enter into official discourse through a series of identifications that mark them as subjects in categories readable and classifiable to the dominant system. Each “witness” is forced to give her or his name, father’s name, Critical Realisms in the Global South 41 caste, age, profession, village, subdivision, and district.

16 Enacting these sociopolitical processes through literary means, both authors craft texts that deconstruct, to use a phrase from Paul L. Sawyer, “hierarchies of power, knowledge, and class privilege” by exposing how domination functions (4782). Critical Realisms in the Global South 33 Narrative Transculturation in the Novel These critical realisms emerge from the strategic combination of varying forms of expression. ” In Transculturación narrativa en América Latina, Rama argues that while Latin American literature is produced out of a dynamic colonial and anticolonial dialectic, it does not merely imitate or completely reject European literature.

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