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Title Alternative Indias : writing, nation and communalism / edited by Peter Morey and Alex Tickell
Published Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xxxviii, 238 pages)
Series Cross/cultures : readings in the post/colonial literatures in English, 0924-1426 ; 82
Cross/cultures ; 82
Contents Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Limits of Secularism and the Construction of Composite National Identity in India; The Discovery of Aryavarta: Hindu Nationalism and Early Indian Fiction in English; "First Realise Your Need": Manju Kapur's Erotic Nation; "Cutting Across Time": Memory, Narrative, and Identity in Shashi Deshpande's Small Remedies; The Communalization and Disintegration of Urdu in Anita Desai's In Custody; "Reflexive Worlds": The Indias of A.K. Ramanujan; Communalism, Corruption and Duty in Rohinton Mistry's Family Matters
The Routes of National Identity in Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow LinesInscribing a Sikh India: An Alternative Reading of Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan; No Passports, No Visas: The Line of Control Between India and Pakistan in Contemporary Bombay Cinema; Afterword; Contributors; Index
Summary The debate over whether religious or secular identities provide the most viable model for a wider national identity has been a continuous feature of Indian politics from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Moreover, in the last thirty years the increasingly communal articulation of popular politics and the gradual rise of a constellation of Hindu nationalist parties headed by the BJP has increased the urgency of this debate. While Indian writing in English has fostered a long tradition of political dissent, and has repeatedly questioned ethnocentric, culturally exclusive forms of p
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Communalism in literature.
Nationalism in literature.
Religion and literature -- India.
Writing in literature.
Form Electronic book
Author Morey, Peter.
Tickell, Alex.
ISBN 1423789040 (electronic bk.)
9401202591
9781423789048 (electronic bk.)
9789401202596