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Après l’exil: l’ère du vide et de l’absence dans Khālī jagah de Geetanjali Shree


Pozza, Nicola (2016). Après l’exil: l’ère du vide et de l’absence dans Khālī jagah de Geetanjali Shree. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 70(2):527-544.

Abstract

Geetanjali Shree’s Hindi novel Khālī jagah (2006, An Empty Space) is a twenty-first century work that questions the modern topos of exile and contrasts it with postmodern preoccupations with emptiness, fragmented identities and the erosion of traditional values. Shree treats the contemporary “age of terrorism” focusing on the results of a bomb attack whose unspeakable cause seems to be born out of an unpredictable world deprived of any rule and lacking any stable roots. In this paper I show in which ways the “empty space” results from this loss of structure and identity and how it deals with the questions and doubts of the narrator. Khālī jagah invites us to consider contemporary history mainly as the absence of history, the presence of emptiness, and the fundamental impossibility of belonging to any place or homeland.

Abstract

Geetanjali Shree’s Hindi novel Khālī jagah (2006, An Empty Space) is a twenty-first century work that questions the modern topos of exile and contrasts it with postmodern preoccupations with emptiness, fragmented identities and the erosion of traditional values. Shree treats the contemporary “age of terrorism” focusing on the results of a bomb attack whose unspeakable cause seems to be born out of an unpredictable world deprived of any rule and lacking any stable roots. In this paper I show in which ways the “empty space” results from this loss of structure and identity and how it deals with the questions and doubts of the narrator. Khālī jagah invites us to consider contemporary history mainly as the absence of history, the presence of emptiness, and the fundamental impossibility of belonging to any place or homeland.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 70 (2016) > 2
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:French
Date:2016
Deposited On:23 Jan 2017 10:51
Last Modified:23 Jan 2017 10:51
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0004-4717
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/asia-2015-0051

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