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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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Towards a Postcolonial Ecocriticism: A Reading of Mamang Dai’s Legends of Pensam (Anjali Daimari)

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Anjali Daimari

Towards a Postcolonial Ecocriticism: A Reading of Mamang Dai’s Legends of Pensam

Abstract: The article is an attempt at reading Mamang Dai’s Legends of Pensam from a postcolonial ecocritical perspective. Taking into consideration the fact that the natural environment forms an integral part of the backdrop and landscape of the literary works from this region of North India, such a reading seems fully justified.

Key words: ecocriticism, literature form Northeast India, environmentalism, postcolonial ecology.

Mamang Dai is one of the leading writers of India’s Northeast. She is from Arunachal Pradesh and it is this place that becomes the setting of her writings; indeed, not just the setting, it is the source from which she draws all her creative resources. Her creative works include a poetry collection River Poems (2004); two short story collections Once Upon a Moontime: From the Magical Story World of Arunachal Pradesh (2005) and The Sky Queen (2005); and three novels Legends of Pensam (2006); Stupid Cupid (2009) and The Black Hill (2014). Her works of non-fiction include Arunachal Pradesh: The Hidden Land (2002) and Mountain Harvest: The Food of Arunachal Pradesh (2005). Mamang Dai’s writings present an attempt by the writer to contextualise herself and to grapple with those issues which confront the present generation. She was the recipient of the Verrier Elwin Award in 2003 from the State government of Arunachal Pradesh and in 2011 she was awarded the Padma Shri1...

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