1st Edition

South Asian Transnationalisms Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century

Edited By Babli Sinha Copyright 2012
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    South Asian Transnationalisms explores encounters in twentieth century South Asia beyond the conventional categories of center and periphery, colonizer and colonized. Considering the cultural and political exchanges between artists and intellectuals of South Asia with counterparts in the United States, continental Europe, the Caribbean, and East Asia, the contributors interrogate the relationships between identity and agency, language and space, race and empire, nation and ethnicity, and diaspora and nationality.

    This book deploys transnational syntaxes such as cinema, dance, and literature to reflect on social, technological, and political change. Conceiving of the transnational as neither liberatory nor necessarily hegemonic, the authors seek to explore the contradictions, opportunities, disjunctures, and exclusions of the vexed experience of globalization in South Asia.

    This book was published as a special issue of South Asian History and Culture.

    1. Introduction  Babli Sinha

    2. Virendranath Chattopadhyaya, Nationalist Itineraries, and Transnational Resistance  Purnima Bose

    3. Terror, Religion and Body in the 1947 Partition of South Asia  Kavita Daiya

    4. The Situated Fictions of Shooting on Location  Priya Jaikumar

    5. Competing Orientalisms: Colonial Audiences and Pro-Empire Cinema in the 1930s  Babli Sinha

    6. Tropical Longing: The Quest for India in Early Twentieth-Century Caribbean Literature  Lisa Outar

    7. Encounters and Human Rights in the Hindi Crime Film of the Nineties and after  Anustup Basu

    8. Imagining Indian-Indonesian Relations under Colonial Conditions  Martin Ramstedt

    9. Ur-national and Secular Mythologies: Popular Culture, Nationalist Historiography, and the Indian Past  Rini Bhattacharya Mehta

    10. Errant Marxism: London to Calcutta via Moscow (other routes possible)  Benjamin C. Baer

    11. Conclusion  Babi Sinha


    Babli Sinha is assistant professor of English and director of Media Studies at Kalamazoo College, USA. She is the author of 'Cinema, Transnationalism, and Colonial India: Entertaining the Raj' (forthcoming, Routledge).