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Literary Theory and Criticism
Recent Writings from South Asia

Edited By

Arun Gupto

ISBN 9781032101477
Published August 31, 2021 by Routledge India
276 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The book explores key South Asian writings on cultural theory and literary criticism. It discusses the dynamics of textual contents, rhetorical styles, and socio-political issues through an exploration of seminal South Asian scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The volume examines concepts and methods of critical studies. It also discusses colonial and postcolonial discourses on art, religion, nationalism, identity, representation, resistance, and gender in the South Asian context. The essays are accompanied by textual questions and intertextual discussions on rhetorical, creative, and critical aspects of the selected texts. The exercise questions invite the reader to explore the mechanics of reading about and writing on discursive pieces in South Asian studies.

Comprehensive and interdisciplinary, this textbook will be indispensable for students and researchers of South Asian studies, cultural theory, literary criticism, postcolonial studies, literary and language studies, women and gender studies, rhetoric and composition, political sociology, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theory, Criticism, and Engaging with the Texts

Arun Gupto



Part I: Theory


1. DissemiNation: Time, Narrative, and the Margins of the Modern Nation

Homi Bhabha


2. Belatedness as Possibility: Subaltern Histories, Once Again

Dipesh Chakrabarty


3. The Blurring of Distinctions: The Artwork and Religious Icons in Contemporary India

Tapati Guha Thakurta


4. Woman and Freedom

Firdous Azim


5. Hyphenated post-colonial: A Divergent Perspective

Tariq Amin-Khan


6. Grassroots Texts: Ethnographic Ruptures and Transnational Feminist Imaginaries

Piya Chatterjee

Part II: Criticism


7. Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse

Homi Bhabha


8. Epilogue: The Tantra of Contemplative Cultural Critique

Lata Mani


9. Postcolonial Hybridity: Midnight’s Children

Harish Trivedi


10. Fragmenting Nations and Lives: Sunlight on a Broken Column

Vrinda Nabar


11. Puyakante Wijenaike: Spectral Spaces

Minoli Salgado


12. Chokher Bali: The Novel of the New Age

Radha Chakrabarty

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Arun Gupto is Professor of English at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research, Pokhara University, Nepal. He is a former faculty member at the Central Department of English, Tribhuwan University. His areas of research are literary theory, postcolonial studies, and South Asian Studies. His recent books include Goddesses of Kathmandu Valley: Grace, Rage, Knowledge (Routledge, 2016). He has also written and directed a series of documentaries on South Asian Art and Culture titled Art of the Lake (2014), Four Gray Walls Four Gray Towers (post-production), and Anger and the Mahatma (post-production).