Colonialism, Modernity, and Literature: A View from India

Paperback | August 7, 2012

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Colonialism, Modernity, and the Study of Literature: A View From India [CMSL] is an innovative volume of essays situated at the intersection of at least three multi-disciplinary fields: (1) postcolonial and subaltern theory; (2) comparative literary analysis, especially with a South Asian and transnational focus; and (3) the study of 'alternative' and 'indigenous' modernities. Its central themes include: the strategies of resistance that are encoded in third world literary texts; comparative literary analysis, across cultures and regions - both within the 'Global South' and beyond; the forms of indigenous modernity that preceded the colonial encounter, and thus provide alternatives to the modernity that was imposed through the colonial encounter with Europe; feminist perspectives in traditional and contemporary literature; 'realist' theoretical analyses of the epistemic implications of literary forms. The distinctive features of this book are the cross-national focus with a simultaneous emphasis on the close reading of texts and contexts. It grounds the political insights of postcolonial and subaltern theory in close textual analysis, and rather than make general pronouncements about 'alternative modernities,' it looks at their specifically textual (literary and cultural) manifestations.

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Colonialism, Modernity, and the Study of Literature: A View From India [CMSL] is an innovative volume of essays situated at the intersection of at least three multi-disciplinary fields: (1) postcolonial and subaltern theory; (2) comparative literary analysis, especially with a South Asian and transnational focus; and (3) the study of '...

Satya Mohanty is Professor of English and Minority Studies, Cornell University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619088

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Colonialism, Modernity, and Literature: Introducing the Issues; S.P.Mohanty
PART I: VIEWS FROM BELOW: COMPARING LITERARY PERSPECTIVES
Critical Realisms in the Global South: Narrative Transculturation in Senapati's Six Acres and a Third and García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude; J.H.Vargas
Views from Above and Below: George Eliot and Fakir Mohan Senapati; P.L.Sawyer
Two Classic Tales of Village India: Investigating the Realist Epistemology in Chha Mana Atha Guntha and Godaan; H.S.Mohapatra
Girls for Sale and Six Acres: The Shared World of Gurajada Apparao and Fakir Mohan Senapati; V.N.Rao
The Emergence of the Modern Subject in Oriya and Assamese Literatures: Fakir Mohan Senapati and Hemchandra Barua; T.Misra
'Why Don't You Speak?': The Narrative Politics of Silence in Three South Asian Novels; U.Anjaria
PART II: THE MANY CONTEXTS OF SIX ACRES AND A THIRD
Gender and the Representation of Women in Six Acres and a Third; C.Horan
Rediscovering Ramachandra Mangaraj. Chha Mana Atha Guntha: A Critique of Colonial Rule; G.N.Dash
Tradition-Modernity Dialectic in Six Acres and a Third; D.K.Dash & D.R.Pattanaik
Appendix: Hemchandra Barua's Classic Text Bahire Rongsong Bhitare Kowabhaturi (Fair Outside and Foul Within) - Translated from the Assamese by Tilottoma Misra