1st Edition

Nationalism in India Texts and Contexts

Edited By Debajyoti Biswas, John Charles Ryan Copyright 2022
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers interdisciplinary perspectives on nationalism in India and examines the ways in which literary-textual representations intervene in debates regarding Hindu, Muslim and other forms of Indian nationalism.

    The book interrogates questions of nationalism and nationhood in relation to literary and cultural texts, historic-linguistic contexts and new developments in queer nationalism and ecological nationalism. It adopts a nation-wide emphasis, including chapters on Northeast India and other regions that have been historically underrepresented in studies of Indian nationalism. Moreover, the volume explores a rich variety of literary works by various writers over the past two centuries that have created, enshrined and contested ideas pivotal to the development of Indian nationalism. Located in a range of disciplines, contributors bring extensive expertise in Indian literature, language and culture to the question of nationalism. The chapters challenge many of the accepted ideas on nationalism and critically examine the politics behind such nationalisms.

    Moving beyond an approach to Indian nationalism based exclusively in the historicist-political paradigm, this timely book challenges established ideas in Indian nationalism and critically examines the politics of nationalisms in terms of textual representations. The book will be of interest to researchers working on South Asian studies, including Indian culture, history, literature and politics.

    1. Introduction: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Indian Nationalism

    Debajyoti Biswas

    2. The Founder of Hindu Nationalism?: Representation of Shivaji in Philip Meadows Taylor’s Tara

    Ayusman Chakraborty

    3. Nation-in-Translation: Interrogating the Ethno-Cultural Discourse of "Nation-ness" in Anandamath

    Sanjukta Chatterjee

    4. Proto-Nationalist Spectacle on Nineteenth-Century Bengali Stage

    Sib Sankar Majumder

    5. From Revolt to Rustication: Urdu and the Indian National Imagination (1857–1947)

    Dhurjjati Sarma

    6. Divided Nations, Unified Sensibilities: Tales of the Woe of the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent

    Susheel Kumar Sharma

    7. The Question of Language in the Mothering of a Territory: Understanding Conflicts in Embodiment of Territories in a Multilingual Space

    Atul Kumar Singh & Prabha Shankar Dwivedi

    8. Nationalism through the Glorification of a Precolonial Indian Past in the Work of Chandamama

    Aloysius Sebastian

    9. Re-examining Nationalism and Hindu Religious Rhetoric in India: A Reading of Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

    Anjan Saikia

    10. Unacceptable Citizens: Queer Communities and Homonationalism in India

    Himadri Roy

    11. The ‘Queer Nation’ - Moving Beyond Boundaries? A Study of Select South Asian Novels

    Pratusha Bhowmik

    12. Expression of Ecological Nationalism in the Lyrical Narratives of Bhupen Hazarika

    Pankaj Jyoti Gogoi

    13. "This Is Our Homeland. Out With Foreign Infiltrators" – A Study of Geography, Nationalism and Ethnicity in Mitra Phukan’s The Collector’s Wife

    Anindya Sundar Paul

    14. Reconfiguring Indian Nationalism

    Debajyoti Biswas


    Debajyoti Biswas is an Assistant Professor of English at Bodoland University, India.

    John Charles Ryan is Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Nulungu Institute, Notre Dame University, Australia.