Reading Political Commentary in Literature from North east India: an Analysis of Aruni Kashyap’s the House with a Thousand Stories

  • Agnidh Baruah


  • Political fiction is essentially the literature of which the narratives critically comment on political systems, the concerned theories of politics,and may be even society. Basically, pleasure is not the on lything that it provides. Information and awareness of the spatial and temporal aspects of the story, and incentive to question structures need to come along.
    Within this purview of political fiction, Aruni Kashyap and his writing in particular, and writers from Northeast India and their writings in general, can be studied. The region has had a volatile history and the people have been undoubtedly scarred to varying degrees. Such a political situation finds its way to people’s expressions and discourse creations. Literature being just those, as well as the quintessential mirror to a society, cannot help but report on such volatile systems and political situations. This can be intentional or not because otherwise the settings would seem hollow and the characters’ lives non-convincing. Furthermore, there is almost always an unspoken sort of responsibility of such ‘reporting’. Aruni Kashyap is no exception, and to show this, this author will present a study of a novel of his titled The House with a Thousand Stories.
    For this qualitative study, a textual analysis of Kashyap’s novel will be tried. Power, and Ideological State Apparatus and Repressive State Apparatus, concepts by Althusser, will form the theoretical framework for this research.

  • Key words: Political fiction, Aruni Kashyap, Power, ISA, RSA

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