“We are here to speak the unspeakable”: voicing abjection in Raj Kamal Jha’s Fireproof

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/326294
Title:
“We are here to speak the unspeakable”: voicing abjection in Raj Kamal Jha’s Fireproof
Authors:
Ilott, S. (Sarah)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. School of Arts and Media.
Citation:
Ilott, S. (2014) “We are here to speak the unspeakable”: voicing abjection in Raj Kamal Jha’s Fireproof' Journal of Postcolonial Writing; DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2014.891243
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Issue Date:
Feb-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/326294
DOI:
10.1080/17449855.2014.891243
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17449855.2014.891243
Abstract:
This article considers Raj Kamal Jha’s Fireproof (2007), a novel that received an immediate flurry of attention in newspaper reviews but has eluded critical attention since. The article argues that Jha’s novel, set in Gujarat in the wake of the 2002 communal violence, mobilizes tropes of abjection to a number of ends, using them explicitly to convey personal disgust and self-differentiation and analogously to suggest the political processes of national abjection evident in contemporary India. It then goes on to complicate the way that abjection is presented not only as a dangerous political weapon, but also as a critically productive fictional tool for ensuring that characters are understood in bodily terms, rather than as symbols of religious affiliation. It contends that by portraying characters as abject Jha at once indicates their subalternity and opens up a space to critique the violence of silencing, thereby offering a new way of representing voices locked out of hegemonic discourse. Using Jha’s novel as a fictional example, this article offers new ways into thinking through the associated concerns of postcolonial studies, subalternity, national identification and abjection.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
abjection; subaltern; silence; India; genocide; nationalism
ISSN:
1744-9855; 1744-9863
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) following 18 month embargo. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk [Accessed: 09/09/2014]

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorIlott, S. (Sarah)en
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T16:22:03Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-19T16:22:03Z-
dc.date.issued2014-02-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Postcolonial Writing; DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2014.891243en
dc.identifier.issn1744-9855-
dc.identifier.issn1744-9863-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17449855.2014.891243-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/326294-
dc.description.abstractThis article considers Raj Kamal Jha’s Fireproof (2007), a novel that received an immediate flurry of attention in newspaper reviews but has eluded critical attention since. The article argues that Jha’s novel, set in Gujarat in the wake of the 2002 communal violence, mobilizes tropes of abjection to a number of ends, using them explicitly to convey personal disgust and self-differentiation and analogously to suggest the political processes of national abjection evident in contemporary India. It then goes on to complicate the way that abjection is presented not only as a dangerous political weapon, but also as a critically productive fictional tool for ensuring that characters are understood in bodily terms, rather than as symbols of religious affiliation. It contends that by portraying characters as abject Jha at once indicates their subalternity and opens up a space to critique the violence of silencing, thereby offering a new way of representing voices locked out of hegemonic discourse. Using Jha’s novel as a fictional example, this article offers new ways into thinking through the associated concerns of postcolonial studies, subalternity, national identification and abjection.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17449855.2014.891243en
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) following 18 month embargo. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk [Accessed: 09/09/2014]en
dc.subjectabjectionen
dc.subjectsubalternen
dc.subjectsilenceen
dc.subjectIndiaen
dc.subjectgenocideen
dc.subjectnationalismen
dc.title“We are here to speak the unspeakable”: voicing abjection in Raj Kamal Jha’s Fireproofen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. School of Arts and Media.en
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Postcolonial Writingen
or.citation.harvardIlott, S. (2014) “We are here to speak the unspeakable”: voicing abjection in Raj Kamal Jha’s Fireproof' Journal of Postcolonial Writing; DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2014.891243-
All Items in TeesRep are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.