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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Postmodernism in Girish Karnad’s Nagamandala
Ms. N. Indhira Priya Dharshini, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Vels University, 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Postmodernism is a concept that encompasses a wide range of ideals, methods and practices. It is more importantly not a philosophical movement in itself, but rather, incorporates a number of philosophical and critical methods that can be considered ‘postmodern’ the most familiar include feminism and post-structuralism. Put another way, postmodernism is not a method of doing philosophy, but rather a way of approaching traditional ideas and practices in non-traditional ways that deviate from pre-established super structural modes. Nagamandala marks a high achievement in the evolution of the playwright. The text shows the rare quality of highly suggestive images and concepts transcend realism to produce a thought-provoking impression on the spectators. By developing an Indian myth, the play creates a mysterious and powerful experience though the dual representation of the Cobra and Appanna. They are inseparably connected in the tale, leading to a multi-dimensional situation; Rani’s transformation from the moment of oath-taking heightens the suggestive quality of the play.
Post-modernism; Myth and Reality; Male Chauvinism; Women Identity; Girish Karnad; Nagamandala.
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