The Oriya Novel In 1877-78, Ramashankar Ray, a dramatist, began
serialising the first Oriya novel Saudamani. But he could not complete it.
Within 30 years, however, Orissa produced a major novelist in Fakir Mohan
Senapati (1843-1918). The title of his novel Chaa Mana Atha Guntha announces a new
kind of novel that will deal with the question of land and its possession. This
pathbreaking work showed that the novel could make rural issues an important
part of urban pre-occupations. In writing this, Fakir Mohan anticipated a host
of writers in Bengal and elsewhere.
Jane Austen's Portrayal of Women The novels of Jane Austen give us a
glimpse of the world of women in genteel rural society in mid 19th century
at that time were encouraged to look
a good marriage and find a wealthy and propertied husband. Her famous novel
Pride and Prejudice depicts this well. The main characters are shown to be
pre-occupied with marriage and money.
Srinivas Das's novel Pariksha-Guru reflects the inner and outer world of the
newly emerging middle class in India. It shows how the characters of this novel
are caught in the difficulty of adapting themselves to colonised society and at
the same time preserving their own cultural identity.
appeared to be frightening and at the same time irresistible. The novel tries
to teach the readers to be rooted to their own tradition and culture and to
live in dignity and honour. It also teaches one to be worldly wise and
practical to survive in this material world. (5)
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