Haircut : stories from Nepal

dc.contributor.author Adiga, Ranjan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-02T22:47:17Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-02T22:47:17Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08
dc.description Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2013.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstract My doctoral dissertation, Haircut: Stories from Nepal, is a collection of short stories set in contemporary Kathmandu, Nepal. My goal is to explore the lives of ordinary Nepalis grappling for meaning in a changing society. Caught as they are in the rapidly transforming socio-political map of Kathmandu, my characters battle through issues of tradition and modernity, the individual and society. Capturing the complex lives of people within the limited confines of a story challenges and excites me. Stylistically, I'm indebted to R.K. Narayan and Chinua Achebe, among others. I try to capture the rhythm and resonance of the Nepali language in my fiction, which calls for a certain "refashioning" of the English language. Besides translating vernacular idioms into English, I also experiment with syntax to create a narrative voice that is natural to its surrounding. The practice of interpreting Nepali culture in the English language makes me constantly reevaluate the flexibilities of language and narrative structure. In a concluding chapter of the dissertation, I attempt to explore the aesthetic and ideological implications of indigenizing the English language by writers of Indian and African origins. I believe it is crucial for my growth as a writer to be engaged in critical discussions about the politics of language-choice, particularly within the framework of postcolonial fiction. As a writer from Nepal I don't write about a postcolonial experience, but in choosing to write in English, I am confronted with the same concerns that are central to any discussion about language in postcolonial studies: why do we write in English? Whom do we write for? What kinds of appropriation and deformation of language occur in our work? Do our aesthetic choices imply a narrative of resistance? Being aware of the nexus between language, culture, and history inspires in me a greater appreciation for the power of language, which is critical for my growth as a writer. e
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/100566
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2013]
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (University of Hawaii at Manoa). English.
dc.subject fiction
dc.title Haircut : stories from Nepal
dc.type Thesis
dc.type.dcmi Text
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