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Perceiving the Self and Others: A Phenomenological Analysis of Character Consciousness in Anita Nair's Fiction

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G.Shailaja Dr. G Bhavani Sushma
ยป doi: 10.33472/AFJBS.7.1.2025.59-70


This article presents a phenomenological analysis of character consciousness in the fiction of Anita Nair, a contemporary Indian author known for her deep and introspective portrayal of characters. Phenomenology, as a philosophical approach, focuses on the subjective experience of individuals, making it an apt framework for examining the intricate ways in which Nair's characters perceive themselves and others within the tapestry of their social and cultural milieu. The study delves into the internal landscapes of key figures in Nair's novels, exploring how their consciousness is shaped by their experiences, memories, and interactions. It highlights Nair's skillful use of narrative techniques to reveal the inner workings of her characters' minds, providing readers with a rich, empathetic understanding of their psychological and emotional depths. The analysis also considers the influence of gender, class, and societal norms on the self-perception and interpersonal relationships of the characters, reflecting the complexity of individual identity formation in a rapidly changing Indian society. The findings suggest that Nair's fiction serves as a powerful lens through which to view the multifaceted nature of human consciousness and its impact on personal identity and social dynamics. This article contributes to literary scholarship by offering new insights into the representation of consciousness in Indian English literature and underscores the significance of phenomenological approaches in character analysis

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