Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
"Caste, Desire, and the Representation of the Gendered Other in U. R. Ananthamurthy's “Samskara,” “Ghatashraddha,” and “Akkayya”"
(2001). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, English, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/qh95-v991