To be specified published in:Landscapes of Realism: Rethinking literary realism in comparative perspectives. Volume I: Mapping realism
Edited by Dirk Göttsche, Rosa Mucignat and Robert Weninger
[Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages XXXII] 2021
► pp. 89–99
The emergence of the novel in India and competing modes of realism
During the second half of the nineteenth century, people across India began to write books they called “novels,” sometimes using traditional terms for ‘story’ or ‘prose narrative’ in their respective language, sometimes simply using the English term “novel.” Only recently critics have acknowledged that this ‘emergence of the novel’ in India was not simply the importation of a Western form or a borrowed genre, but rather a set of complex sociocultural processes that varied significantly from one linguistic region and literary tradition to another. This chapter examines the question of realism in the early novels written in Indian languages, i.e., the question of how precisely the earliest Indian novels related to the societies from which they originated.
Keywords: Indian cultural specificity, documentary realism, aesthetic realism, didactic realism, the novel, Indian literature
- 1.Documentary, aesthetic and didactic realism
- 2.Realism and ‘the marvelous’, realism of detail and linguistic realism
Published online: 21 April 2021
Clark, Thomas Welbourne
da Costa, Francisco João
Raeside, Ian M. P.
Ramachandran, C. N.
Ramankutty Menon, Kizhakkeppattu
Sai Prasad, A. B.
Vedanayagam Pillai, M.