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NIGHTRUNNERS OF BENGAL: A DISCOURSE ON NARRATIVISING HISTORY AND ROMANTICISING IMPERIALISM

Journal: SCHOLARLY RESEARCH JOURNAL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (Vol.3, No. 17)

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Page : 3033-3039

Keywords : Discourse; Imperialism; Mutiny; Revolt; Romance;

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Abstract

This research article attempts to explore the full implication of John Masters’ engagement with India and to show how he fictionalises the British- India encounter. The mutiny novel has been identified as one of the pieces of the mosaic in the construction of identity. This model of identity supports the national imperialist vocation, extolling British qualities and representing historical events in mythical, stereotypical and racist fashion. The historical romances provide an optimal literary realm to make a perfect blend of realism and fantasy. Masters’ Nightrunners of Bengal, a mutiny novel, is an ample testimony to it and claims an important niche in the Anglo-Indian canon of imperial romance.

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