Diverse Voices & Alternative Traditions: Rajasthani Tales as Artifacts
Department of English Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur
There are a good many reasons for studying regional short story writers. The best, though, is that they matter. In the many and varied forms in which they are produced and circulated - the local press, the cinema and the publication industry - the popular regional literatures saturate the rhythms of everyday life. In doing so, they help to understand ourselves better. We often shape our desires, fantasies, imagined parts and projected futures through regional literary writings. An Indian regional short story in the twentieth century has always responded to the social dynamics, it is the dynamics of social change in the lives of Indian masses. In this regard Indian short story genre is very different from the western, which only captures the essential solitariness of the individual, in India it emphasizes search of social identity of an individual. The present paper intends to contribute to such an understanding by providing a context in which different traditions and directions in the study of the Rajasthani contemporary short story. In India every regional literature has its own traditions, many of them overlapping, and thus it at times becomes difficult to gauge to what extent a particular story represents its supposed tradition. But since these traditions and stories belong to pan-Indian cultural ethos, it is possible to conclude that stories considered for the present endeavor belong to a large joint family, in which many traditions coexist in an intimately interested pattern.
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