Prabhu, Gayathri. ‘Communicating Resistance in/through an Aquatic Ecology in KR Meera’s “The Gospel of Yudas”’. In Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication, edited by Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan, and Vidya Sarveswaran, 54-62. Routledge International Handbooks. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2019.
Excerpt: ‘…the novel is intricately constructed around an aquatic ecology, the trope of water taking many forms—baptismal, destructive, rehabilitative, and ultimately redemptive…The contrast of drowning and intense consciousness, the watery submersions that foreground the stirrings of conscience and guilt, propel the protagonists of the novel through a maze of dense memories and visceral experiences. This chapter makes an argument to read The Gospel of Yudas as a postcolonial text that engages with the fields of ecocriticism and environmental communication—for the narrative simultaneously negotiates state violence and ecological degradation.’
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