Subismita Lenka, Kunal Pattnaik
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Subismita Lenka1, Kunal Pattnaik2
1Assistant Professor of English, Department of HSS, ITER, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University.
2Assistant Professor of English, Department of Basic Science and Humanities, Gandhi Institute for Technological Advancement.
Volume - 11,
Issue - 3,
Year - 2020
Narayan the innovator makes use of modern techniques of pre-figuration and intertextuality to add spice and colour to the traditional Indian story. In fact, a critical evaluation of the use of pre-figuration and intertextuality by Narayan in The Guide forms a staple ingredient of this article.
With regards to pre-figuration and intertextuality in Narayan’s The Guide, one will come across a multitude of parallel references in the works of other writers. Prominent among them are Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King, Rama Mehta’s Inside the Haveli, Bhabani Bhattacharya’s Music for Mohini and Arun Joshi’s The Strange Case of Billy Biswas. Both Saul Bellow’s Henderson and Narayan’s Raju were the cause for bringing rain to their natives. Henderson’s transformation started with the “lion therapy” by king Dahfu and Raju went through “spiritual therapy” with the help of Velan to achieve true sainthood. Similarly, in Bhabani Bhattacharya’s book Mohini’s passion for music, her social life style and inner characteristics have motivated Narayan for developing the character of Rosie. Mohini like Nalini of Narayan was a mismatch for her life partner, Jaydev. Even Jaydev’s mother helped Narayan to design the character of Raju’s mother, who is a true representative of traditional orthodox mentality.
Cite this article:
Subismita Lenka, Kunal Pattnaik. Intertextuality and Hybridisation of Discourse in Narayan’s The Guide. Res. J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020; 11(3):167-171. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2020.00029.7
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