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Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representation

Rumina Sethi


This book focuses on the construction of forms of historical consciousness in narratives, or schools of narrative. The study seeks to underscore what goes behind the writing of ‘true’ and ‘authentic’ histories by treating historical fiction as the literary dimension of nationalist ideology. It traces nationalism from its abstract underpinnings to its concrete manifestation in historical fiction which underwrites the Indian freedom struggle. The construction of identity through mythicized conceptions of India is examined in detail through Raja Rao's first novel, Kanthapura. The key concept gove ... More

Keywords: consciousness, narrative, historical fiction, nationalism, India, Raja Rao, Kanthapura, representation, fictional reality

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Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183396
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rumina Sethi, author
Wolfson College, Oxford

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