The IUP Journal of English Studies
Magical Realist Topos as Narrative Expression: Textualized Reader Transcends the Study of Possible Worlds

Article Details
Pub. Date : March, 2022
Product Name : The IUP Journal of English Studies
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJES090322
Author Name :Ritu Sharma
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 13



The purpose of this paper is to explore and explicate the process of textualization. Eventually, it elucidates the cultural, psychological and epistemological innuendo of magical device. For illustration, the study takes the narrative: "Press the Sap, Light the Lamp" by Vijaydan Detha. Then, it looks into the selected text, which fundamentally originated from oral narrative (Rajasthani), through the lens of twentieth century phenomenon, primarily, the postmodern era, rather more precisely the post-war period. The analysis anchors the focus on the condition of textual magic in the selected text. It also prompts to look into other magical realist practitioners in the textual world. Moreover, it focuses on the open-ended element in the selected narrative entailing not only the textualization of real reader (outside the text) but also of the readers inside the text (fictional reader). The assertion primarily emphasizes that textualization appears as an important tool in depicting possible worlds, without which the poetics of postmodernism and magical realism would remain less expressive.

Rajasthani literature also had a tradition of oratory form, which later conceived the inscribed form and got compiled by contemporary writers like Vijaydan Detha and Laxmi Kumari Chudawat. The compilers were keen enough to retain the postmodernist elements of the text untainted in the new medium. The written Rajasthani literature had been receptive to almost all the currents of global, political and literary movements in deep fashion and the ancient oral Rajasthani literature stood alone reflecting its postmodernist attitude.

Rajasthani oral narrative compiled by Vijaydan Detha were put into black and white very late and they were circulated mostly as oral tales narrated through generations. Detha is also known by his pen name Bijji. His works were greatly influenced by Sarath Chandra Chattopadhyay and Anton Chekov. He was also inspired by Tagore's "Streer Patra," and influenced by the nineteenth-century Russian literature. He has contributed to Rajasthani literature by writing 1,300 poems and some 300 short stories. His works appeared in two languages-Hindi and Rajasthani. Some of his stories were adapted to cinema and theater plays. Mani Kaul directed a movie named Duvidha based on Vijaydan