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Hansuli Banker Upakatha in the context of literary geographic study

  • Ananta GopeEmail author


Bengali regional novelist Tarashankar Bandopadhyay is known as the artist of rural Bengal. In almost all the novels, he wanted to depict the spirit of place, the nature of landscape, the conflict between traditional and modern way of life and livelihood processes of people in the Rarh region. His works form an excellent resource base to provide an authentic and indispensable source of human experience of place for reconstructing the region in a specific time frame. The novel Hansuli Banker Upakatha not only provides the source of knowledge of a particular place and community to the geographers, but also reflects the underlying social structure, individual experience of the members of the community, cultural values, social stigma, ethnic identity crisis, landscape of a community based society genuinely and scientifically from the perspective of a writer. This article examines Hansuli Banker Upakatha-the river-based Bengali novel in order to explain a servile community’s sense of place, territorial consciousness and ethno-cultural particularities, the causes and ultimate consequences of radical change and perils of their community culture through the lens of a novelist. Besides, I have argued that it is essential for the geographers to explore further links between texts and geography to assess the real image of place, people, culture and landscape.


Community Environment Literary geography River-based novel Sense of place 



The author gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Editor who suggested various comments on this paper at various stages. I have also benefitted from conversations with Dr. K. Chattopadhyay. Finally, two anonymous reviewers are thanked for their valuable comments.

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