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Perhaps no two nations in modern times have had a more complex cultural engagement than imperial Britain and colonised India. This unique anthology of stories, poems, historical documents and extracts from novels - most unavailable elsewhere - enables readers to examine the cultures of these two countries in an integrated way.
Introductory chapters by Richard Allen and Harish Trivedi and others set out agendas for reconsideration of classic texts from the period. Major themes include:
The British nation and the colonies
Literature, nation and revolution
Poetry and nation
Liberal dilemmas in England and India
Gandhian nationalism
Independence and after
Post-colonial hybridity
Literature and Nation helps readers understand how critical thinking in the post-colonial area has developed. It also extends the field of post-colonial studies by presenting fresh primary materials translated into English from other languages. It is essential reading for all those interested in Britain and India, in colonial and post-colonial discourse, and in the interface of literature and history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415212076
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/25/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Literature at The Open University, Harish Trivedi is Professor of English at the University of Delhi.

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Table of Contents

Contributors 6
Preface 7
How to use this book 8
Literature and history 9
First encounters: works by Sir William Jones and others 29
The British nation and the colonies: Mansfield Park 43
Literature, nation and revolution: A Tale of Two Cities 55
The White Man's Burden: Kim 67
Poetry and nation: W. B. Yeats 78
Liberal dilemmas in England and India: A Passage to India 95
Gandhian nationalism: Kanthapura 107
Fragmenting nations and lives: Sunlight on a Broken Column 121
A post-colonial world: Look Back in Anger and the Enigma of Arrival 138
Post-colonial hybridity: Midnight's Children 154
Related Texts
Literature and history 168
The British penetration of India (map) 168
The Republic of India (map) 169
First encounters 170
Warren Hastings, Preface to Charles Wilkins's translation of The Bhagavad-Gita 170
Sir William Jones, Preface to Sacontala 174
Sir William Jones, On the origin and families of nations 178
Indian poetry in English 184
Raja Rammohan Roy, On education in India 191
Raja Rammohan Roy, On British moves to abolish the practice of female sacrifices 194
Thomas Babington Macaulay, on education for India 198
The British nation and the colonies 206
Robert Southey, from The Curse of Kehama 206
Thomas Moore, from Lalla Rookh 216
Literature, nation and revolution 225
Accounts of the events of 1857 225
G. B. Malleson, from The Indian Mutiny of 1857 229
J. F. Fanthorne, from Mariam: A Story of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 235
The White Man's Burden 240
Rabindranath Tagore, from Gora 240
J. R. Seeley, from The Expansion of England 245
Poetry and nation 256
W. B. Yeats, 'Irish Writers Who Are Winning Fame' 256
W. B. Yeats, 'Ireland and the Arts' 259
W. B. Yeats, Introduction to Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali 263
Rabindranath Tagore, Two poems from Gitanjali 267
Rabindranath Tagore, from Nationalism 268
Vallathol Narayana Menon, Selected poems 278
Liberal dilemmas in England and India 286
Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Home rule for India: radical ideas 286
Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Home rule for India: moderate ideas 288
The Indian princes and the future of India 293
Edward Thompson, from The Reconstruction of India 294
Gandhian nationalism 300
Speeches and writings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 300
Premchand, 'A Special Holi' 310
Premchand, from Rangabhumi 314
Speeches and writings of Jawaharlal Nehru 317
Fragmenting nations and lives 322
Lalithambika Antharjanam, 'Childhood Memories' 322
Lalithambika Antharjanam, 'A Leaf in the Storm' 329
Bhishm Sahni, 'The Train Has Reached Amritsar' 336
Ajneya [S. H. Vatsayan], 'Getting Even' 345
Saadat Hasan Manto, 'Toba Tek Singh' 351
A post-colonial world 357
Christine Weston, 'Be Still, She Sleeps' 357
Ruskin Bond, 'The Man Who Was Kipling' 360
Ruskin Bond, 'The Last Time I Saw Delhi' 363
Tom Stoppard, from Indian Ink 366
Post-colonial hybridity 373
Kamaleshwar, 'The Nose of King George the Fifth' 373
Sharad Joshi, 'Who Isn't Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' 378
Alka Saraogi, from Kali-katha: Via Bypass 384
Acknowledgements 394
Index 396
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