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Paranjape: Making India

Paranjape, Makarand R.:
Making India : Colonialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority / Makarand R. Paranjape. - Dordrecht ; Heidelberg ; New York ; London : Springer, 2013. - XIII, 265 S. - (Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures ; 2)
ISBN 978-94-007-4660-2
EUR 106,95 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-94-007-4661-9
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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4661-9
DDC: 954.04

Today's India is almost completely unrecognizable from what it was at the eve of the colonial conquest. A sovereign nation, with a teeming, industrious population, it is an economic powerhouse and the world's largest democracy. The question is how did it get to where it is now?
   Covering the period from 1800 to 1950, this study of about a dozen makers of modern India is a valuable addition to India's cultural and intellectual history. More specifically, it shows how through the very act of writing, often in English, Indian society was radically reconfigured. Writing itself became endowed with almost a charismatic authority, which continued to influence generations, long after the author's death.
   By examining the lives and works of the makers of contemporary India, this study assesses their relationships with British colonialism and Indian traditions. Through debate, dialogue, conflict, confrontation, and reconciliation, India struggled not only with British colonialism, but also with itself and its own past, thus giving rise to a uniquely Indian version of liberalism.
   The religious and social reforms that laid the groundwork for the modern sub-continental state were proposed and advocated in English by prominent native voices. Merging culture, politics, language, and literature, this pathbreaking volume adds considerably to our understanding of a nation that looks set to achieve greater heights in the coming decades. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgements. ix
1. Introduction. 1
2. "Usable Pasts": Rammohun Roy's Occidentalism. 13
3. "East Indian" Cosmopolitanism: Henry Derozio's Fakeer of Jungheera and the Birth of Indian Modernity. 41
4. Michael Madhusudan Dutt: The Prodigal's Progress. 65
5. Bankimchandra Chatterjee: Colonialism and National Consciousness in Rajmohan's Wife. 85
6. Subjects to Change: Gender Trouble and Women's "Authority". 103
7. Representing Swami Vivekananda. 129
8. Sarojini Naidu: Reclaiming a Kinship. 163
9. "Home and the World": Colonialism and Alternativity in Tagore's India. 193
10. Sri Aurobindo and the Renaissance in India. 213
11. The "Persistent" Mahatma: Rereading Gandhi Post-Hindutva. 237
12. Conclusion: Usable Pasts, Possible Futures. 253
Works cited. 260
Index. 261


MAKARAND R. PARANJAPE is a professor of English at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was educated at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi (B.A. Hons.), and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Master's and Ph.D.). He is the author/editor of over 35 books which include works of criticism, poetry, and fiction, and has also published over 125 academic papers in books or journals published from India and abroad. His latest work includes the two academic monographs, Another Canon: Indian Texts and Traditions in English (2009) and Altered Destinations: Self, Society, and Nation in India (2010), and the biographical travelogue, Acts of Faith: Journeys to Sacred India (2012). Profile page.

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  1. Paranjape, Makarand R. (2013).  Making India: Colonialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority. Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures; 2. XIII, 265 S.