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Literature and Nation

Britain and India 1800-1990, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard Allen, Harish Trivedi


404 pages

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Paperback: 9780415212076
pub: 2001-01-25
Hardback: 9780415212069
pub: 2001-01-25

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Perhaps no two nations in modern times have had a more complex cultural engagement than imperial Britain and colonised India. This unique anthology of stories, poems, historical documents and extracts from novels - most unavailable elsewhere - enables readers to examine the cultures of these two countries in an integrated way.

Introductory chapters by Richard Allen and Harish Trivedi and others set out agendas for reconsideration of classic texts from the period. Major themes include:

The British nation and the colonies

Literature, nation and revolution

Poetry and nation

Liberal dilemmas in England and India

Gandhian nationalism

Independence and after

Post-colonial hybridity

Literature and Nation helps readers understand how critical thinking in the post-colonial area has developed. It also extends the field of post-colonial studies by presenting fresh primary materials translated into English from other languages. It is essential reading for all those interested in Britain and India, in colonial and post-colonial discourse, and in the interface of literature and history.

About the Editors

Richard Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Literature at The Open University, Harish Trivedi is Professor of English at the University of Delhi.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory