South Asian Fiction in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has been undergoing numerous changes as theories of power have re-configured with the birth of new nations, the death of older superpowers and the fluctuating contours of History and politics, all converging together into a problematic synthesis.
Earlier bound within the binary of the colonizer and the colonized selves, postcolonial writers are now slowly moving away from such deductive narratives, instead looking towards a reframing of their historical selves which are not restricted to answering to the colonial narrative. It is at this juncture that my research interest begins.
This research project will be looking at ways of breaking and unmaking the static and singular historical Archive through the concept of antistories, taking into context the comparative representation of the British East India Company and the VOC through the popular narrative fiction of Amitav Ghosh and David Mitchell.
- English Literature
- Literature of South Asia
Country of origin
Period of stay at IIAS
The Other Side of Silence: antistories and the unmasking of the archive