Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia

Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia

by Manu Bhagavan (Editor)




Laid out as a series of three inter-related conversations, Heterotopias investigates the diverse discourses of identity politics that relate the nationalist movement to current concerns and debates. Focusing upon the peripheries of modern India-states of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir—the first section explores local and regional nationalisms at play in marginalized spaces, highlighting their relationship with the homogenizing nationalism of the center. The next section examines literary production to delineate the plurality of narrative and consciousness. The final section explores the works of Mohammed Iqbal and Mohandas Gandhi while the conclusion provides a post-history of communalism. Overall, the volume deals with the multiplicity of historical experiences both within and without the discourse of nationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198066927
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 5.75(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Manu Bhagavan is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Manu Bhagavan
Part One
1. Local Nationalism or Secessionism?: History, Politics, and Identity Struggle of Tai-Ahom in Assam, Yasmin Saikia
2. Kashmir and Kashmiriyat: The Politics of Diversity in South Asia, Chitralekha Zutshi
Part Two
3. Against the Current: Sita and her Foils in Modern Tamil and Telugu Short Stories, Paula Richman
4. Ghalib and his Interlocutors, Syed Akbar Hyder
Part Three
5. Muhammad Iqbal and the Crisis of Representation in British India, Faisal Devji
6. The Strange Violence of Satyagraha: Gandhi, Itihaas, and History, Ajay Skaria
Conclusion: The Post-History of Communalism, Gyanendra Pandey

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