Mr. KAILAS BAPURAO AUTE,
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN ENGLISH,
SMT. CHM COLLEGE, ULHASNAGAR,
“RESISTING HEGEMONIC IDEOLOGY: STUDY OF FUNNY BOY AND CINNAMON GARDENS”
Writers of Sri Lankan Tamil literature use writing as an agency to understand national history as influenced by entangled histories, resulting from interactions between colonizers ad colonized people, which influenced both parties, and produced many hybrid cultures which were integrated into culture and society.
Shyam Selvadurai is an emerging voice in Sri Lankan fiction, who also belongs to Tamil minority. His novels such as Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens are loaded with images of colonial experiences. Further in these novels the plot spins around families and thereby Selvadurai tries to combine the post-colonial politics , historical material and personal experiences, the projected paper is an attempt to examine Shyam Selvadurai’s second novel, Cinnamon Gardens (1998 ) to see how the novelist work towards post-colonial and anti-patriarchal vision in it.
Cinnamon Gardens has a female protagonist, Annalukshmi as the central character who represents the early women’s movement in Ceylon. The paper will try to inspect how Selvadurai grills colonial canons in this novel ranging from Jane Austen to George Eliot to suggest the presence of a third world female sensibility that keeps critical equidistance from the colonial culture and the tyrannical patriarchy .
Key Words: Ethnicity, Hegemony, Gender Politics, Colonialism, Queer Voices, Nationality