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Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology

Imagining Indianness

Cultural Identity and Literature

Editors: Dimitrova, Diana, de Bruijn, Thomas (Eds.)

  • First book to study Indianness in South Asia through literature and culture in a dialogical Bakhtinian way Pioneering project in the field of literature, culture, and anthropologyIncludes the work of internationally renowned scholars from across the globe
  • Provides a unique look at works written in South Asian languages from different periods and regions  
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About this book

This book brings together several important essays examining the interface between identity, culture, and literature within the issue of cultural identity in South Asian literature. The book explores how one imagines national identity and how this concept is revealed in the narratives of the nation and the production of various cultural discourses. The collection of essays examines questions related to the interpretation of the Indian past and present, the meanings of ancient and venerated cultural symbols in ancient times and modern, while discussing the ideological implications of the interpretation of identity and “Indianness” and how they reflect and influence the power-structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Thus, the book studies the various aspects of the on-going process of constructing, imagining, re-imagining, and narrating “Indianness”, as revealed in the literatures and cultures of India.

About the authors

Diana Dimitrova is Professor of Hinduism and South Asian Religions at the University of Montreal, Canada. She is the author of Western Tradition and Naturalistic Hindi Theatre (2004), Gender, Religion, and Modern Hindi Drama (2008), and Hinduism and Hindi Theater (2016). She is the editor of Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia (2010) and The Other in South Asian Religion, Literature and Film: Perspectives on Otherism and Otherness (2014).
Thomas de Bruijn is an independent scholar and author of Ruby in the Dust: History and Poetry in Padmāvat by the South Asian Sufi Poet Muḥammad Jāyasī (2012) and co-editor of Circulation of Culture: Literature in Motion in Early Modern India (2014).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: On “Indianness” and Indian Cultural Identity in South Asian Literature

    Dimitrova, Diana

    Pages 1-12

  • Of Many Indias: Alternative Nationhoods in Contemporary Indian Poetry

    Satchidanandan, K.

    Pages 15-34

  • Reviewing Nirmal Varma, Jaidev and the Indianness of Indian Literature

    Harder, Hans

    Pages 35-53

  • Indianness as a Category in Literary Criticism on Nayī Kahānī

    Bruijn, Thomas

    Pages 55-75

  • Imagining “Indianness” and Modern Hindi Drama

    Dimitrova, Diana

    Pages 77-92

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41015-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41014-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imagining Indianness
Book Subtitle
Cultural Identity and Literature
Editors
  • Diana Dimitrova
  • Thomas de Bruijn
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41015-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41015-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41014-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 166
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