Marginal man thesis – Trotter-Nama

Authors

  • Dr. A Vijaya Jyothi Asst. Professor Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology Visakhapatnam India
  • Dr. P. Meena Grace Asst. Professor Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology Visakhapatnam India

Abstract

Underprivileged victim of a state is an exhibit of spatial segregation based on race, ethnicity and caste/or class and the oppression shows up in the form of severe physical and social distress such as poverty, inequality, and social exclusion resulting in social divide.  Alan Sealy’s fictional chronicle of seven generations of the Anglo-Indian Trotter family, set in the time frame of about two hundred years deals with two cultures the Métis (Anglo – Indian) and the Indian (socially and culturally marginalized). Here, marginality ought to be understood as partially belonging to both cultures (British and Indian). During the Raj, the Europeans who came to serve in India married Indian women. Anglo-Indians or Eurasians are an outcome of such miscegenation, which the British referred as “country-bornâ€, or “Eurasians†or “mixed race†or “half breedsâ€. The label “country-born†- a spatial term diminished the prospects displacing the Anglos in postcolonial India. Rejected by Britain and India, Anglo-Indians were / are always outsiders and social misfits who fight to keep both sides of their mixed heritage in balance. The Trotter-Nama is an outline of the Anglo-Indian such identity crisis. Beginning from an explicit sketch of a distinguished French Mercenary Officer’s life, the novel brings out the slow degradation of the Anglo-Indian ethnicity.

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Published

2018-08-28