Date of Award

Winter 2001

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Committee Director

Imtiaz Habib

Committee Member

Sujata Moorti

Committee Member

Sangita Gopal

Abstract

U.R. Ananthamurthy is an important Kannada writer who is situated in the navya (modern) literary movement that emerged in Karnataka in the post-independence South Indian context. This modern writer's works provide crucial insights into the postcolonial tensions of tradition-modernity, which figure importantly in modern Kannada literature. They engage with the issues of caste and gender in terms of the conflict between tradition and progress in the modern South Indian cultural discourse. Ananthamurthy's novel Samskara written in the 60's, and his short story “Ghatashraddha,” and “Akkayya,” written later, show how this writer's location within the upper caste discourse impacts his commitment to change and progress. What surfaces as the subliminal, but very central, desire to relegitimize the brahminical structures in his works is linked with the appropriation of the identities and sexualities of the lower caste subjects and woman.

DOI

10.25777/qh95-v991

ISBN

9780493565156

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