South Asian Transnationalisms

Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Babli Sinha

© 2012 – Routledge

154 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Editor

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).

About the Series

Routledge South Asian History and Culture Series

This books series offers a forum that will provide an integrated perspective on the field at large. It brings together research on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences, and provides scholars with a platform covering, but not restricted to, their particular fields of interest and specialization. Such an approach is critical to any expanding field of study, for the development of more informed and broader perspectives, and of more overarching theoretical conceptions.

The idea is to try to achieve a truly multidisciplinary forum for the study of South Asia under the aegis of which the established disciplines (e.g. history, politics, gender studies) and more recent fields (e.g. sport studies, sexuality studies) will enmesh with each other. A focus is also to make available to a broader readership new research on film, media, photography, medicine and the environment, which have to date remained more specialized fields of South Asian studies.

A significant concern for series is to focus across the whole of the region known as South Asia, and not simply on India, as most ‘South Asia' forums inevitably tend to do. The series is most conscious of this gap in South Asian studies and works to bring into focus more scholarship on and from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other parts of South Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Asian
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies