International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 2(7), pp. 109-111, July, 2014

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2014.038



The Socio-Political consciousness in Anita Desaiís Voices in the City


Sankar Vijaya


Department of English, Vel Tech Dr.RR& Dr.SR Technical University, Chennai-600062, India.

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Email id:vijaya.sankar028@gmail.com


Accepted 18 July 2014


Anita Desaiís second novel, Voices in the City, which was published in 1965 and which won Sahitya Academy Award in 1978 has received adequate critical response, while Anita Desai magnum novel Voices in the City is based on the life of the middle class intellectuals of Calcutta. It is an unforgettable story of a Bohemian brother and his two sisters caught in the crosscurrents of changing social values. In many ways the story reflects a vivid picture of India's social transition - a phase in which the older elements are not altogether dead, and the emergent ones not fully evolved. The novel describes the bitter effects of the urban living upon an Indian family. Brought up in luxury and magnificence by an over indulgent mother, Nirode settles down in Calcutta and becomes engrossed in its bohemian life, while his elder sister, Monisha lives out a servile existence within the rigid and stiff confines of a traditional Hindu family. Amla sees the city as a monster, Nirode sacrifices everything for his career, and Monisha cannot bear her stifling existence in the household of a wealthy old Calcutta family. This research paper mainly focuses socio-political consciousness in the characters of Anita DesaiĒs Voices in the city, how the characters are faces their problems in the social-political context.

Keywords: Social Satire, Political Status, Economical Conditions, Subaltern Voices, Trauma of the People.




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