Authored By: Arpita Raj
Year of Publication: 2019
|Pages: 292||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: Literary Criticism & Theory
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This book is a critical study of the explorations of indigenous identity by the largest tribal group of eastern India—the Santals. It traces the shifting pattern of territorial identity of this predominantly agrarian tribe. The central argument of this monograph revolves round the question of sustainability of indigenous identity in an age of imposed assimilation policy, mostly favoured by the majoritarian political ideologies. Holding a series of interviews with Santal intellectuals in the academia, the authors have identified a strong urge, on their part, to resist the assimilationist strategies of the non-Santal policy making. Notwithstanding the integrationist drives of a section of Santal society to embrace the beneficial aspects of globalization, there is a perpetual return to their indigenous roots through various cultural routes. Belief in witchcraft, magic,wonder drugs—often defines this core identity of Santal society in defiance of the ‘retrogressive’ tag appended by the mainstream cultural mandarins. The book explores this romantic sensibility of the Santal psyche with the help of textual analysis as a significant research method. Folktales and folk identity are studied against the backdrop of a fiercely sceptical postmodern milieu.
Dr. Arpita Raj is an Assistant Professor of English and Head, Department of Humanities in Midnapore City College, Midnapore, West Bengal. She has done her M.Phil from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha in 2010 and PhD from Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal in 2018. She had been a Project Fellow of two major projects--- UGC SAP III DRS-I, Department of English, Vidyasagar University and ICSSR, Department of Santali, Vidyasagar University. Her areas of research interest cover folk literature, tribal literature, Indian literature, English translation and Linguistics. She has a teaching experience of nearly six years.
Her major publications include Is Witchcraft a Suppressed Desire of Women Empowerment in Santal Society?: A Study in Select Santal Folktales, Living in the World of Sacrifices of Human and Non-Human Beings: A Study in the Faith-Healing System of the Santals in Select Santal Folktales, Situating Vladimir Propp in the Structural Analysis ofIndian Folktale: A Study, Dalit in the 21st Century Classroom: A Review of “Listen to the Flames: Texts and Readings from the Margins”, Similarities of Social Customs and Religious Concepts of the Santals with the Hindus: A Study of Select Santal Folk Tales, Beyond the Canon of Mammon ─ An Ecocultural Reading of Santal Folktales.