Bakha Dismissed by Untouchable or The Internal-Textual Dislocation: Notes on narrative text and its “Im-perfections”
Abstract: The paper aims to reveal how in Mulkaraj Anand’s fiction untouchable the very narrative alienates its hero Bhaka. He thus is doubly marginalized. He is marginalized by the society, the obvious conditionality of a sudra boy in an orthodox location. He again is marginalized by the text/narrative itself of which he is a hero. The narrative dislocates him which I refer to as “internal-textual dislocation.” There are multiple instances of people and their language which dismiss him to the edge where he does not comprehend the situations around.
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Published in Fall 2010-11