Gandhi in India’s Literary and Cultural Imagination
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This book engages with the socio-cultural imaginings of Gandhi in literature, history, visual and popular culture. It explores multiple iterations of his ideas, myths and philosophies, which have inspired the work of filmmakers, playwrights, cartoonists and artists for generations.
Gandhi’s politics of non-violent resistance and satyagraha inspired various political leaders, activists and movements, and has been a subject of rigorous scholarly enquiry and theoretical debates across the globe. Using diverse resources like novels, autobiographies, non-fictional writings, comic books, memes, cartoons, and cinema, this book traces the pervasiveness of the idea of Gandhi which has been both idolised and lampooned. It explores his political ideas on themes such as modernity and secularism, environmentalism, abstinence, self-sacrifice and political freedom along with their diverse interpretations, caricatures, criticisms and appropriations to arrive at an understanding of history, culture and society.
With contributions from scholars with diverse research interests, this book will be an essential read for students and researchers of political philosophy, cultural studies, literature, Gandhi and peace studies, political science and sociology.
Table of Contents
List of Figures. Notes on the Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Gandhi in Sonic and Visual Practices: Enunciations of ‘Darsan’ and Activism 1. Gandhi’s Image and Images of Gandhi: The Culture and Politics of Visual Representation 2. Music for a Congregation: Assembling an Aesthetic for Prayer 3. Visualizing Gandhi: The Icon and his People Part II: Consumptions of Gandhi: Articulations or Disarticulations? 4. Mahatma in Memescape: Making of Gandhi in Participatory Digital Culture 5. Mahatma in Antiphony: Gandhi in Indian Nationalist, Muslim, and British Press Cartoons,1946-1947 6. Exploration of Indian Visual Practices from 1960-1970: A Study of Indian Comic Books on Gandhi 7. Gandhi, the New Divine: Gandhi Ethos in the Malayalam Socials of 1950 and 60s 8. Framing Gandhi Part III: Construction of Selves: Experimental Site of Praxis and Its Discursive Limits 9. An Untouchable in Search of an Asketic Gandhi: The Religiosity of Postcolonial Political 10. Reformulation of Public-Private Dynamics in Bengali Women’s Autobiographies: Exploring Gandhi and Women’s Activism 11. Examining Gandhi's Disavowals and Rethinking his ‘Experiment’ in the Story of My Experiments with Truth 12. Gandhian Environmentalism and its Limits: A Reading of C.K Janu’s Autobiographical Testimonio Mother Forest Part IV: Gandhian Presence in Intimate and Public Spheres: Reflections on Corporeality, Ethicality, and Society 13. The Missing/Divergent Inscription of the Gandhian Body: Examining Corruption in Shrilal Shukla’s Raag Darbari 14. Gandhi, Abstinence and Political Freedom: Reading Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘For Freedom’s Sake’ 15. Gandhi and Peasant Organizations in Colonial India: A Reading of Satinath Bhaduri’s Dhorai Charit Manas. Index.
Nishat Zaidi is Professor of English at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. A scholar, critic and translator, she is the recipient of several prestigious grants and has conducted collaborative research with the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of Witwatersrand, SA, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University Germany, and Michigan State University, USA. Her publications include Day and Dastan translated by Nishat Zaidi and Alok Bhalla (2018); Purdah and Polygamy: Life in an Indian Muslim Household, by Iqbalunnisa Hussain, edited and introduced by Nishat Zaidi (2018); Between Worlds: The Travels of Yusuf Khan Kambalposh translated, edited by Mushirul Hasan and Nishat Zaidi, (2014) among others. Her forthcoming work is Karbala: A Historical Play (translation of Premchand’s Play Karbala with a critical introduction and notes) to be published in 2022.
Indrani Das Gupta is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi, India. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, India in the area of Indian Science Fiction, she is engaged in the examination of the interface of science fictionality with the paradigms of nation-state and the social variables that constitute the ontological human existence. Her research interests include science fiction studies, crime fiction, children and young adult narratives, utopia/dystopia, sports culture, popular culture, and postmodern narratives. She is the non-fiction editor of Mithila Review: An International Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy.