Violence: A Multi-Faceted Presence in Indian Postmodern Narratives
In present times, the concept of ‘violence’ has become fairly overstretched to imbibe a wide array of phenomena. Transcending the stock approach, where it had a one-dimensional connection with physicality, the concept now has acquired new connotations coupling with adjectives such as social, verbal, psychological and sexual.One of the major radical differences brought about by the South-Asian writing in the past few decades has been the relocation and renewed association of violence. Through urbanization violence is as much present in a metropolis, as in a rural locality. Andat the same time it has also ceased to be seen as a community specific or group specific phenomenon and in being so it has become ennobled. Meandering through historical passages, the echo of violence in Indian English literature is primarily found to be framed around the freedom movement and an ensuing gory occasion of partition. But in addition to this unique historical act there have been numerous other storylines as well that have given place to violence in the backdrop. The depiction of post-independence partition has been as authentic and meticulous, as the historical chronicles. This body of literature could even be said to have surpassed the historical specificity in portraying the violence and disaster, which in its own right conveyed an emotionally charged account of the historical violence. In their book Modern South Asia: History, Culture Political Economy ,Ayesha Jalal and Sugata Bose state, “The colossal human tragedy of the partition and its continuing aftermath has been better conveyed by the more sensitive creative writers and artists- for example Saadat Hasan Manto’s short stories and Ritwik Ghatak’s films- than by historians” (164).The object of this paper is to foreground the explicit and implicit representation of violence in South Asian and Indian Fiction by selected writers of post-independence era.
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