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War allegory in Narayan Wagle's Palpasa Café


Jujar Singh, Hardev Kaur and Abu Jweid, Abdalhadi Nimer Abdalqader (2018) War allegory in Narayan Wagle's Palpasa Café. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 26 (them. Dec.). pp. 1-12. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534


This article examines the metafictional representations in Narayan Wagle's Palpasa Café (2008). The novel's metafictional elements depict the state of the Nepalese people during the Civil War. Wagle critiques the devastating consequences of the Civil War and how it affected the Nepali individuals' psyche. The study elucidates Wagle's use of metafiction as an indirect commentary on the political status quo. The study also uses allegory to explicate the metafictional elements in the novel in order to highlight Wagle's fictional critique. Allegory is elaborated in terms of paradox. Paradoxical allegory reveals the implicit metafictional authorial presence in the novel's narrative structure to accentuate the author's subjective voice. Such authorial presence is conveyed via insinuating self-reflexivity device which allows the author to intervene in his narrative fabric. The study mainly focuses on the authorial metafictional interference within the fictional text through paradoxical allegory. Both allegory and paradox have an interrelation with metafiction which unravels the author's relative perspective on the tragic consequences of the Nepalese Civil War.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Notes: Thematic edition: New Perspectives in Language Studies
Keywords: Allegory; Metafiction; Narrative structure; Nepal; Paradox; Self-reflexivity; Wagle
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 07:01
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 07:01
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/66271
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