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Untouchable Fictions: Literary Realism and the Crisis of Caste

Toral Jatin Gajarawala


Untouchable Fictions considers the crisis of literary realism -- progressive, rural, regionalist, experimental -- in order to derive an aesthetic and political genealogy for the explosion in the last two decades of Dalit (“untouchable” caste) fiction. Drawing on 20th and 21st century fiction from Premchand and Renu in Hindi to Mulk Raj Anand and Aravind Adiga in English, the book questions the dark side of realist complicity in order to reveal a powerful aesthetics and politics of caste. How does caste color the novel? What are its formal tendencies? What generic constraints does it produce? ... More

Keywords: Realism, Dalit, Untouchable, Novel, Indian literature, Hindi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245246
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toral Jatin Gajarawala, author
New York University