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RAVANAYANA: NEGOTIATING THE POLITICAL AND CULTURAL DISCOURSE OF THE VANQUISHED IN ANAND NEELAKANTAN’S ASURA TALE OF THE VANQUISHED: THE STORY OF RAVANA AND HIS PEOPLE (2012)  

GEETHU LEKSHMI R     

 PG STUDENT

 DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

 AMRITA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AMRITAPURI

AMRITA VISHWA VIDYAPEETHAM, AMRITA UNIVERSITY, INDIA

 

 Dr. BEENA S NAIR

 ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (SR. GRADE)

 DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

 AMRITA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AMRITAPURI

AMRITA VISHWA VIDYAPEETHAM, AMRITA UNIVERSITY, INDIA

 

 

Abstract

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished the story of Ravana and his people (2012), by Anand

Neelakantan, is an attempt to deconstruct and reconstruct the myth of The Ramayana. In the

epic, The Ramayana, Rama is portrayed as the personification of good and Ravana is

considered evil. This novel brings out a different perspective to the familiar epic, The

Ramayana, by narrating the story from the point of view of Ravana. The analysis focuses

mainly on Ravana as an ideal father to his daughter Sita. The cultural identity of the Asura

Ravana is re-written by Anand Neelakantan using the epic The Ramayana. This paper

attempts to study the rewriting of the epic Ramayana, in the contemporary postcolonial

context of writing back to the centre- and to debate on the identity of Ravana, the anti-hero.

This paper explores Ravana as a subaltern and also the dual identity of subaltern and re-

assessment of native cultural identity. The purpose of the paper is to analyse the complexities

of Ravana’s political and cultural identity and to initiate a new discourse on subaltern by

raising the issues of the dual identity of Ravana.

Keywords: Asura, Deva, Subaltern, dual identity.

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