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.
Table of Contents
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).