The Myth of Regionalism
Indian Statistical Institute
December 9, 1996
REGIONALITY AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, Chakraborty, Dasgupta, Subha, eds., pp. 77-83, 1997
This imagined dialogic ( between Prof. Region and Mr. Non-Region) paper focuses on the construct/ historical apriori of the binary relationship between “regional literature” and “non-regional literature”. Methodologically speaking, the dialogic pattern of the paper has been selected by the author not only to keep balance between argument and counter-arguments but also to follow the convenient logics as followed by Indian and Greek Philosophers. The problem question is: How and why does something X (films, literature, songs, TV. channels etc.) get the status of non-regional transcendental space? The non-discursive formations (mainly socio-economic factors) that codify/ approximate/ appropriate this dividing practice is discussed here with ample examples taken from different texts. The subsumption/hegemonic selving or rarefaction of non-region by region is also discussed in this paper by citing different literary texts. In conclusion, the author proposes to abolish such politico-administrative dividing practice from the epistemological sphere.
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Keywords: Myth (Barthes), dividing practice, center's gaze, anekantavadaAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 20, 2012
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