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Shifting Indian Identities in Aravind Adiga's Work: The March from Individual to Communal Power

Abstract In contemporary Indian literature, the question over which sets of Indian identities are granted access to power is highly contested. Critics such as Kathleen Waller and Sara Schotland align power with the identity of the autonomous individual, whose rights and freedoms are supposedly protected by the state, while others like David Ludden and Sandria Freitag place power with those who become a part of group identities, either on the national or communal level. The work of contemporary Indian author Aravind Adiga attempts to address this question. While Adiga's first novel The White Tiger applies the themes and ideology of the worth of the individual from African American novelists Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin, Adiga&... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Glady, Sarah Elizabeth (Author) / Horan, Elizabeth (Advisor) / Mallot, Jack (Advisor) / Clarke, Deborah (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Asian literature / Modern literature / Literature / Aravind Adiga / communalism / individual / Last Man in Tower / White Tiger / Wright
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 61 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. English 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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