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Bending Biography: The Creative Intrusions of "Real Lives" in Dalit Fiction

Bending Biography: The Creative Intrusions of "Real Lives" in Dalit Fiction <p>This paper focuses on the writings of Uday Prakash and Ajay Navaria, both Delhi-based Hindi-language authors whose literary work focuses on the dynamics of caste in contemporary India, to consider each author&apos;s innovative use of metafictional narrative techniques to blur the boundaries between "real" and fictional life narratives. I argue that reading these texts through the critical lens of postrealism allows us to reconsider the apparently arbitrary generic distinctions between auto/biography and fiction in Dalit narratives with a careful analysis of the strategically interventionist employment of real lives in Dalit fiction.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Bending Biography: The Creative Intrusions of "Real Lives" in Dalit Fiction

Biography , Volume 40 (1) – Aug 1, 2017

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Biographical Research Center
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0162-4962
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1529-1456

Abstract

<p>This paper focuses on the writings of Uday Prakash and Ajay Navaria, both Delhi-based Hindi-language authors whose literary work focuses on the dynamics of caste in contemporary India, to consider each author&apos;s innovative use of metafictional narrative techniques to blur the boundaries between "real" and fictional life narratives. I argue that reading these texts through the critical lens of postrealism allows us to reconsider the apparently arbitrary generic distinctions between auto/biography and fiction in Dalit narratives with a careful analysis of the strategically interventionist employment of real lives in Dalit fiction.</p>

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 1, 2017

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