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MODERNISM AS A STYLE CATALYST WAY OF LIFE
Vasanth Narayanan touches on concepts few authors have dared to explore, with an awareness and imagination that many have failed to convey. . . . As an author, Narayanan offers his reader persuasive and robust narratives; as a literary analyst, thorough and detailed descriptions of the Modernist style; and as a human rights activist, a relentless dedication to uplifting the lives of all those suffering to systemic or governmental oppression across the world.
“An analysis of the fragmentation of Satrapi’s persona can not only help shed light on the extent of emotional trauma for Iranian women, but also encourage the broader revolution that ought to be taken up as part of a universal humanitarian agenda—in order to free all those oppressed by overbearing ordinances disguised as tradition and allow such individuals to grow into their most fulfilled selves” (27, Ch. 7).
—Narayanan in his Examination of Marjane Satrapi’s Graphic Novel Persepolis
Vasanth Narayanan has been long fascinated by the power of language, by the ability of mere words to topple tyrants, defy invisible stereotypes, and inspire millions of people to fight for what they believe in. Vasanth enjoys analyzing literature, including different styles, forms, and genres, and tries to place them in a context of history.
His recent collection of essays, which is entitled “Modernism as a Style, Catalyst, and Way of Life,” notably analyzes how the Modernism movement in literature evolved from a mere style to a weapon of sorts, contributing to the growing resistance against oppressive ideaologies and regimes.
Vasanth is currently investigating the classical era. His research ranges from the foundation of Rome and the monarchy to the Roman empire in its prime, and explores how Roman literature has impacted Roman values, norms, and culture.