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The Indian Postcolonial
A Critical Reader

ISBN 9780415467476
Published November 4, 2010 by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

India has often been at the centre of debates on and definitions of the postcolonial condition. Offering a challenging new direction for the field, this Critical Reader confronts how theory in the Indian context is responding in vital terms to our understanding of that condition today.

The Indian Postcolonial: A Critical Reader is made up of four sections looking in turn at:

  • visual cultures
  • translating cultural traditions
  • the ethical text
  • global/cosmopolitan worlds.

Each section is prefaced with a short introduction by the editors that locate these interdisciplinary articles within the contemporary national and international context. Showcasing the diversity and vitality of current debate, this volume collects the work of both established figures and a new generation of cultural critics.

Challenging and unsettling many basic premises of postcolonial studies, this volume is the ideal Reader for students and scholars of the Indian Postcolonial.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Elleke Boehmer and Rosinka Chaudhuri  Part 1 - Visual Cultures  Introduction – Elleke Boehmer and Rosinka Chaudhuri  1. Partha Chatterjee. ‘Nationalist Icon to Secular Image’  2. Tapati Guha Thakurta. ‘Religious Icon and Art: The Case of M.F. Hussain'  3. Robert Young, ‘Sanjayit Ray’  4. M. Madhava Prasad, ‘Fan Bhakti and Subaltern Sovereignty: Enthusiasm as a Political Factor’  Part 2 - Translating Cultural Traditions  Introduction – Elleke Boehmer and Rosinka Chaudhuri  5. Aamir Mufti, ‘Auerbach in Istanbul’  6. Vinayak Chaturvedi, ‘Vinayak and Me’  7. Dipesh Chakrabarty, ‘Belatedness as Possibility: Subaltern Histories, once again’  8. Aniket Jaiware, ‘Of Demons and Angels'  Part 3 - The Ethical Text  Introduction – Elleke Boehmer and Rosinka Chaudhuri  9. Gayatri Spivak, ‘Ethics and Politics in Tagore and Coetzee’  10. Udaya Kumar, ‘Self, Body and Inner Sense’.  Studies in History'  11. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, ‘Gandhian Ethics’  12. Ashis Nandy, ‘Humiliation: The Politics and Cultural Psychology of the Limits of Human Degradation’  Part 4 - Global/cosmopolitan worlds  Introduction – Elleke Boehmer and Rosinka Chaudhuri  13. Amit Chaudhuri, ‘The Alien Face of Cosmopolitanism’  14. Santanu Das, ‘India, Empire, and First World War writing’ 15. Nivedita Menon, ‘Thinking through the Postnation’  16. Ranajit Guha, ‘A Colonial City and its Times’

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Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford. Her previous publications include Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors (2nd edn 2005), and Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 (2002).

Rosinka Chaudhuri is Fellow in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. She is author of Gentlemen Poets in Colonial Bengal: Emergent Nationalism and the Orientalist Project (2002) and editor of Derozio, Poet of India: The Definitive Edition (2008). 


'Readers of this anthology will find much to read and much to reflect upon; they will be (re-acquainted with the diversity and richness of Indian social sciences and humanities; they will be convinced by the necessity to refocus and relocate the work of postcolonial theory.' - Commonwealth Essays and Studies