The Writing of the Nation by Its Elite: The Politics of Anglophone Indian Literature in the Global Age (Paperback)

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This volume examines the idea of India as it emerges in the writing of its anglophone elite, post-2000. Drawing on a variety of genres, including fiction, histories, non-fiction assessments - economic, political, and business - travel accounts, and so on, this book maps the explosion of English-language writing in India after the economic liberalization and points to the nation's sense of its growing importance as a producer of culture. From Ramachandra Guha to William Dalrymple, from Arundhati Roy to Pankaj Mishra, from Jhumpa Lahiri to Amitav Ghosh, from Amartya Sen to Gurcharan Das, from Barkha Dutt to Tarun Tejpal, this investigation takes us from aesthetic imaginings of the nation to its fractured political fault lines, the ideological predispositions of the writers often pointing to an asymmetrically constituted India.

A major intervention on how postcolonial India is written about and imagined in the anglophone world, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of cultural studies, literature, history, and South Asian studies. It will also be of interest to general readers with an inclination towards India and Indian writing.

About the Author

MK Raghavendra is a writer on culture, literature, and politics, specializing in film, particularly its political side. After getting a master's degree in science and working in the financial sector for over two decades, he has become a full-time writer. He won the National Award, the Swarna Kamal for Best Film Critic in 1997, and received a Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2000.He has authored several volumes of academic scholarship from international publishers - Seduced by the Familiar: Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema; Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film; The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation; and Locating World Cinema: Interpretations of Film as Culture. His recent publications also include Philosophical Issues in Indian Cinema: Approximate Terms and Concepts (Routledge, 2020) and a book on politics, The Hindu Nation: A Reconciliation with Modernity (2021). He has also published four volumes of popular film criticism.His writing has been anthologized internationally, and he has written journalistic pieces on a variety of political and cultural issues for The Hindu, The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Firstpost, and Deccan Herald. He has contributed essays to national-level journals and periodicals including Economic and Political Weekly, Caravan, Frontline, The Book Review, and Biblio: A Review of Books. He is Founder-Editor of Phalanx, an online journal dedicated to debate.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367554224
ISBN-10: 0367554224
Publisher: Routledge Chapman & Hall
Publication Date: September 25th, 2023
Pages: 230
Language: English