Imagining Indianness

Cultural Identity and Literature
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Thomas De Bruijn
246 g
210x148x10 mm

First book to study Indianness in South Asia through literature and culture in a dialogical Bakhtinian way Pioneering project in the field of literature, culture, and anthropologyIncludes the work of internationally renowned scholars from across the globeProvides a unique look at works written in South Asian languages from different periods and regions
Chapter 1. Of many Indias: alternative nationhoods in contemporary Indian poetryChapter 2. Reviewing Nirmal Varma, Jaidev and the Indianness of Indian LiteratureChapter 3. Indianness as a category in literary criticism on Nayi KahaniChapter 4. Imagining "Indianness" and modern Hindi dramaChapter 5. The Indian contexts and subtexts of my textChapter 6. Kishorilal Gosvami's IndumatiChapter 7. Indianness, absurdism, existentialism, and the work of imagination: Vinod Kumar Shukla's Naukar ka kamizChapter 8. 'Subah ki sair' and 'Dusri duniya', two short stories by Nirmal Varma
This book brings together several important essays examining the interface between identity, culture, and literature within the issue of cultural identity in South Asian literature. The book explores how one imagines national identity and how this concept is revealed in the narratives of the nation and the production of various cultural discourses. The collection of essays examines questions related to the interpretation of the Indian past and present, the meanings of ancient and venerated cultural symbols in ancient times and modern, while discussing the ideological implications of the interpretation of identity and "Indianness" and how they reflect and influence the power-structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Thus, the book studies the various aspects of the on-going process of constructing, imagining, re-imagining, and narrating "Indianness", as revealed in the literatures and cultures of India.

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