Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department of English
This interdisciplinary research project reassesses the genre of postcolonial Indian graphic narratives through a case study of an independent publisher in South India, Tara Books. Following a sociocultural and materialist approach to literary and cultural studies and drawing from scholarship in postcolonial studies, graphic narrative studies, and museology, the study analyzes the important contributions of postcolonial Anglophone graphic narratives in the twenty-first century. Specifically, through this project, I examine the unique ways subaltern subjects construct and take charge of their narratives to create and curate an alternate space for binary cultures to interact, partner, co-construct, and share histories and stories. By using select graphic narratives published by Tara Books, this research project reassesses the genre of postcolonial Indian graphic narratives as it experiments with its mode of storytelling, representation, and presentation of the book form. It locates these narratives within the contemporary twenty-first-century global market of cultural artifact circulation and argues these books as objects (or tools) of cultural resistance to hegemonic colonial narratives.
Mondal, Sayanti, "Illustrating Postcolonial Margins: Locating Experimental, Collaborative, Indian Graphic Narratives in the Twenty-First Century" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 1764.
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