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Embodying New India: The corporeality of myths in Indian writing in English after 2000

Beniamin Kłaniecki

Abstract

Investigating a selection of post-2000 novels from Indian writing in English, the present dissertation seeks to establish how myths, defined as religious and cultural narratives, and political ideologies are represented in literature, and how they are visualised, critiqued and reimagined there by means of “embodiment.” This stands for a bodily extension of personification, which foregrounds the categories of gender and sexuality as repositories of symbolic and subversive meanings. The main point of reference for this study is the myth of New India, which resulted from the economic liberalisation of the country that took place in the 1990s. It is in relation to the rise of this myth and the socio-political changes it is associated with: the embrace of neoliberal capitalism, reshuffles within the middle class and the upsurge of Hindu nationalism, that the gendered corporeality of male protagonists is read. As such, it is identified as the gendered locus of the hegemonic powers that underlie post-liberalisation India. Yet this process is questioned through queering, which challenges the imperative of patriarchal heteronormativity, then critiques and remakes the New India myth. It is through the lens of queer male sexualities and the third gender status of hijra characters that India’s contemporary economic, social and national ideologies are reassessed and ultimately reimagined.
Record ID
UAM94f5bd8e920c4670b0a1825511d3fc7b
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Cielesność Nowych Indii: ciało i mit w anglojęzycznej literaturze Indii po roku 2000
Title in English
Embodying New India: The corporeality of myths in Indian writing in English after 2000
Language
eng (en) English
Certifying Unit
Wydział Anglistyki [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNoJiL/WA)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.5 literary studies
Year of creation
2021
Start date
2020
Defense Date
24-06-2021
Title date
24-06-2021
Supervisor
Pages
231
URL
https://hdl.handle.net/10593/26340 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
IWE, myth, corporeality, gender, queer
Abstract in English
Investigating a selection of post-2000 novels from Indian writing in English, the present dissertation seeks to establish how myths, defined as religious and cultural narratives, and political ideologies are represented in literature, and how they are visualised, critiqued and reimagined there by means of “embodiment.” This stands for a bodily extension of personification, which foregrounds the categories of gender and sexuality as repositories of symbolic and subversive meanings. The main point of reference for this study is the myth of New India, which resulted from the economic liberalisation of the country that took place in the 1990s. It is in relation to the rise of this myth and the socio-political changes it is associated with: the embrace of neoliberal capitalism, reshuffles within the middle class and the upsurge of Hindu nationalism, that the gendered corporeality of male protagonists is read. As such, it is identified as the gendered locus of the hegemonic powers that underlie post-liberalisation India. Yet this process is questioned through queering, which challenges the imperative of patriarchal heteronormativity, then critiques and remakes the New India myth. It is through the lens of queer male sexualities and the third gender status of hijra characters that India’s contemporary economic, social and national ideologies are reassessed and ultimately reimagined.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM94f5bd8e920c4670b0a1825511d3fc7b/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM94f5bd8e920c4670b0a1825511d3fc7b

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