Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representations

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Overview


This book focuses on the construction of forms of historical consciousness in narratives, or schools of narrative. The study seeks to underscore what goes behind the writing of 'true' and 'authentic' histories by treating historical fiction as the literary dimension of nationalist ideology. It traces nationalism from its abstract underpinnings to its concrete manifestation in historical fiction which underwrites the Indian freedom struggle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198183396
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rumina Sethi is a British Academy Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and has written widely on Postcolonial Cultural Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Narratives of Nationalism and the Politics of the Orient
Part One
1. The Nativization of English
2. The Ideology of Gandhi: A Mass Fantasy
Part Two
3. Peasant Uprisings and Fictional Strategies
4. Contesting Identities: Involvement and Resistance of Women
Part Three
5. The Future of a Vision
6. Fixity and Resistance
Bibliography

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