Heterotopias: Nationalism And The Possibility Of History In South Asia

by Bhagavan, Manu (Ed.)

Heterotopias: Nationalism And The Possibility Of History In South Asia

Price:  US$21.13   (SGD29.35*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 203 pages
Published:  2010, India, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780198066927
SB#:  050694 (101)

About This Book

Laid out as a series of three inter-related conversations, this volume investigates the diverse discourses of identity politics that relate the nationalist movement to current concerns and debates. Focusing upon the peripheries of the modern Indian states of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, the first section explores the ways in which people living on the margins of homogenizing nation-state critique the centre and carve out different spaces of experiences. It highlights their relationship with the homogenising nationalism of the centre. The next part analyses the works of Mirza Ghalib and epic traditions in South India to delineate the plurality of narrative and consciousness in literary production. The final part explores the works of Mohammed Iqbal and Mohandas Gandhi, while the conclusion provides a post-history of communalism. Taken together, the essays present an account of the multiplicity of historical experiences in India both within and without the discourse of nationalism.

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