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Postcolonial Literary History and Indian English Fiction

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

ix

Introduction: Handcuffed to History

1

Chapter 1: Desani Redressed: Baroque Folds and the Postcolonial Novel

21

Chapter 2: The Cloth of History: Carlyle, Leibniz, and the Great Trotter

39

Chapter 3: Blackbirding: Diaspora Narratives and the Invasion of the Bodysnatchers

59

Chapter 4: Spirits of Place: Anita Desai’s Fire on the Mountain and Namita Gokhale’s The Book of Shadows

75

Chapter 5: Frozen Relations: The Incest Motif in Indian English Fiction

93

Chapter 6: Roy Recites a History Lesson

117

Chapter 7: Folding Up the Family: Impossible Metaphors of Nation

137

Chapter 8: A Turn in the South: Ranga Rao and Bharati Mukherjee

159

Chapter 9: The Ties That Bind? Freedom, Free Fall, and Family in Diasporic Fiction

179