Dr. Sonia Fernandes Da Costa
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts & Science ( Autonomous)
This article analyses the major works of three prominent Goan novelists in English –Lambert Mascarnehas,Victor Rangel-Riberio and Savia Viegas, to show the elements of tradition and modernity in their novels. They depict the Goan society against backdrop of social and political unrest during the Portuguese regime and the changes from servility to freedom and social issues after the liberation of Goa. The novelists have displayed an understanding of Goan society and culture and have brought out the influences of contemporary social changes. Traditional religion informs and shapes the world-view and ethics of the characters. The novels manifest iron-clad notions of caste. Festivals, ceremonies – private and public are marked by deeply shared assumptions but they bind everyone in humanely conducted relation of caring and tending. Religious rituals and beliefs permeate the society. The novelists do not degrade the Goan traditions, beliefs and religion and rituals but they reject the practices
and beliefs which are meaningless as they do not have rational basis for them. Despite Goan society being traditional, the impact of social and economic development has been changing slowly the texture of society. Modernity is creeping into Goan society like a snail. There was resistance to change from the rural folks. The novels under study present a comprehensive picture of tradition , psyche and contradictions in Goan society. They display the conflict between the desire to retain traditional value and the need for change and emphasis that these two elements must harmonize and complement each other. The novels point out that change and assimilation are absolutely necessary for survival.
Key words: Colonialism, tradition,modernity, conflict, harmony.