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The Theme of Alienation in the Novels of Arun Joshi

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SEMINAR PAPER
To be submitted on the second day of the examination.

Name: C. Leena
Subject : M.Phil., (English)
Register Number : 01009110001
Centre code : PC - 10
University : DRAVIDIAN UNIVERSITY
Broad Field of Research : Fiction (Indian English Literature) Title : The Theme of Alienation in the Novels of
Arun Joshi. Name of the Supervisor: Dr. R. Gandhi Subramanian. M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D.,

THE THEME OF ALIENATION IN THE NOVELS OF ARUN JOSHI

INDIAN ENGLISH LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION
Literature has said something always fascinating. It is to man’s advantage that he has always managed to derive a message from literature. Indian English Literature is a product of the Indian Colonial Rule over India. And even though this is a thing of the past its hangover persists in the Indo – English Literature which cannot ignore the native models. With the achievement of national Independence India may be politically free but there is still an invasion of cultural colonization from the west. It is with reference to this duality that K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar has cited the Indo English writer “a confused wanderer between the two worlds” in his Indian Writing in English. (6). It is in this sense that in their effort to give an expression for individuality that “the Indian writers in English lose their sense of identity both personal and national and feel alienated in their own home making frantic efforts to seek, organize and affirm that identity” says K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar. Meenakshi Mukherjee has pointed out that alienation is “a very common theme in Indo English Novel”. Wilbur S. Scott is of the opinion that “Sociological Criticism starts with a conviction that art’s relations to society are vitally important and that the investigation of these relationships may organize and make deeper one’s aesthetic response to a work of art’s.” In the Indian ethos also the...

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