Raja Rao and world literature

Allen, Richard (2012). Raja Rao and world literature. Summerhill: Journal of the Indian Institute for Advanced Study, 18(2)


This article reviews the work of the Indian novelist Raja Rao in the context of definitions of World Literature by David Damrosch and others. Particular reference is made first to Rao's The Cat and Shakespeare (1965), and The Serpent and the Rope (1960). Evidence is discovered to show that these works do fall within the generally humanist category of World Literature but the identification is shown to be problematic in political terms because the evidence also identifies Rao with Fascism. The last section attempts to resolve the issue through reference to Rao's last novel The Chessmaster and his Moves (1988).

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