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Speaking Havoc : Social Suffering and South Asian Narratives

University of Washington Press
2005/08/15

Speaking Havoc : Social Suffering and South Asian Narratives Overview

Speaking Havoc investigates the possibilities for the intervention of literary and cinematic fictions into the politics and reception of social suffering. Amitav Ghosh's modernist novel The Shadow Lines (1988), Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance (1995), the short stories of Saadat Hasan Manto, Salman Rushdie's post-modernist novel Shame (1983), and the "spectacular" films of Maniratnam all bear witness to social violence in South Asia. These works confront squarely the ethical dilemmas posed by representations of the catastrophes and innumerable minor tragedies that arise from clashes among religious and ethnic communities.


Speaking Havoc : Social Suffering and South Asian Narratives Table Of Content

Introduction : who owns suffering? 3
1 Writing and redemption 23
2 The argument of fiction 75
3 Murderous fictions 119
4 The momentary pleasures of reconciliation 161


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Book Info

  • Book Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9780295984889
  • ISBN-10: 0295984880
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.86 (d)
  • Approx Price: $5.66
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