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Title: The global mélange interrogating the consequences of globalization in the works of Vikram Seth
Researcher: Hazarika, Jayashree
Guide(s): Vanai, Maya
Keywords: Global mélange, Consequences, Globalization, Vikram Seth
University: Birla Institute of Technology and Science
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Abstract: This thesis introspects the cultural implications of the processes of globalization in the fictional and non-fictional works of Vikram Seth. In various chapters of this research, Seth s perspective on travel, nation, food, middle class and gender will be analysed taking into account the social and cultural theories of globalization, postcolonial perspectives and theories on gender. newlineThe first step in the thesis will be to see how Vikram Seth, as a traveller, deals with the notion of globalization in his non-fictional works. The idea of authenticity of a text has always been a problematic one and I will be examining this issue with respect to Seth s works. His outlook on the impact of globalization in different parts of the world will be considered through the voice of the natives. Seth s works stand testimony to the fact as to how an impulsive and unplanned expedition leads to a deeper understanding of a specific culture. Travel becomes a mode of escape for the author and a reader can easily co-relate his works and the biographical elements of his life. newlineAfter travel, my research will explore the dominant trends in the works of Vikram Seth in envisaging the concept and impact of a nation. The key focus would be on different cultural diversities and how this diversity creates hurdles in promoting the idea of globalization. The role of narration in the imagining of a nation and its accompanying problems will be seen through Seth s works. In the world of globalization the policies of one nation can have repercussions on the others nations too and this aspect will be explored through Seth s fictional and non-fictional narratives. newlineA further investigation will be done as to whether Vikram Seth, through his depiction of food in his literary works, is creating solidarity or creating dissent among characters. An analysis of how food accentuates or polarises the binaries thereby speeding or hindering the process of globalization is attempted. This probe will be undertaken by relooking at the deliberate food choices the chara
Pagination: viii
Appears in Departments:Humanities & Social Sciences

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