Woman, genealogy, history: deconstruction of family and nation in Amitav Ghosh's "The shadow lines" and Manju Kapur's "Difficult daughters"
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Author/sMartos Hueso, María Elena
Since the publication of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, the recent history of Indian Literature in English has been characterised by a growing interest in rewriting the history of India from an angle diametrically opposed to that of offi cial historiography. Taking as a starting point Foucault’s concept of Nietzschean genealogy, which emphasises the value of microhistory and interrogates the function of narrative linearity in historiographic practices, this paper analyses two analogous Indian English novels based on the independence and subsequent partition of the Indian subcontinent: The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh and Diffi cult Daughters by Manju Kapur. It mainly focuses on the deconstruction of the nationalist myth, where women and motherhood lay at the centre of the gestation and birth of the new nation. Desde la publicación de Midnight’s Children de Salman Rushdie, la historia reciente de la novela india en lengua inglesa se ha visto marcada por un interés creciente en re...
The Shadow Lines
Indian Literature in English
literatura india en lengua inglesa