Literary Radicalism in India

Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence

By Priyamvada Gopal

© 2005 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

Literary Radicalism in India situates postcolonial Indian literature in relation to the hugely influential radical literary movements initiated by the Progressive Writers Association and the Indian People's Theatre Association. In so doing, it redresses a visible historical gap in studies of postcolonial India. Through readings of major fiction, pamphlets and cinema, this book also shows how gender was of constitutive importance in the struggle to define 'India' during the transition to independence.

Table of Contents

1. 'The Critical Spirit': Decolonisation and the Progressive Writers Association 2. Gender, Modernity and the Politics of Space: Rashid Jahan, 'Angareywali' 3. Habitations of Womanhood: Ismat Chughtai's Secret History of Modernity 4. Dangerous Bodies: Masculinity, Morality and Social Transformation in Manto 5. 'Straight Talk or Spicy Masala'? Citizenship, Humanism and Affect in the Cinematic Work of KA Abbas 6. Afterword: 'Sustaining Faith' and the Legacy of Progressive Writing

About the Author

Priyamvada Gopal is University Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Churchill College. She is the author of Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence (2005) and has written widely for both academic publications and the print media on literature, culture, and politics in South Asia and Britain.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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