Kanthapura as a Postcolonial Text Treatment of Indian Sensibility in Kanthapura
Raja Rao is beyond doubt one of the most prominent Indian novelists writing in English. He has laid a strong foundation to Indian English Novel together with Mulk Raj Anand and R. K. Narayan. Raja Rao, in particular, has been very instrumental in the development of Indian English Novel. His novels are replete with Indian sensibility characterized by his unique style and subject matter. His first and best known novel Kanthapura is a remarkable expression of the Indian sensibility. The novel is Indian both in theme and treatment. Acceptance of an Indian way of writing in English and Indianization of the novel as a form of literature is what makes Raja Rao postcolonial in style.1The paper attempts a postcolonial reading of Kanthapura focusing on Raja Rao’s style characterized by Indian sensibility and Indianness.
Postcolonial, Indianness, Indian sensibility, language, myth
Ishfaq Hussain Bhat