Genres of Modernity: Contemporary Indian Novels in English. by Dirk Wiemann

By Dirk Wiemann

Genres of Modernity maps the conjunctures of severe thought and literary creation in modern India. the quantity situates a pattern of consultant novels within the discursive surroundings of the continuing serious debate on modernity in India, and gives for the 1st time a rigorous try and carry jointly the stimulating impulses of postcolonial concept, subaltern reports and the growth of Indian fiction in English. against the entrenched narrative of modernity as a unmarried, universally legitimate formation originating within the West, the theoretical and literary texts less than dialogue interact in a shared undertaking of refiguring the current as a website of heterogeneous genres of modernity. The booklet strains those figurative efforts with specific recognition to the remedy of 2 privileged metonymies of modernity: the problems of time and home in Indian fiction. Combining shut readings of literary texts from Salman Rushdie to Kiran Nagarkar with a variety of philosophical, sociological and historiographic reflections, Genres of Modernity is of curiosity not just for college students of postcolonial literatures yet for teachers within the fields of Cultural experiences at huge.

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New Delhi (Harper Collins) 2000: 216; 32. Ashis Nandy, The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism. New Delhi (OUP) 1988: 76; 77. Javeed Alam, “Modernity and Its Philosophic Visions”. The Making of History: Essays Presented to Irfan Habib. Ed. N. Panikkar, Terence J. Byers & Utsa Patnaik. Delhi (Tulika) 2000: 405—439; 405. The argument is more fully expanded in India: Living With Modernity. Alam, India: Living With Modernity, 7. Dipesh Chakrabarty, Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies.

92 This dismissal of ‘cognitive mapping’ – Fredric Jameson’s key metaphor for his own epistemological programme – is not just a facile sideswipe at an academic competitor; 93 it is grounded in the substantial critique of the lack of a collective horizon inherent in a procedure that basically aims at connecting the individual with broader political structures without accounting for encounters, therefore without enabling new solidarities and ‘responsibilities’. Spivak’s political agenda for the metropolitan citizen is therefore an extension of her earlier reflections, in one of her interventions into international feminism, on responsible translation that attempts to “track commonalities”.

For a Marxist reading: Alam, India: Living With Modernity, ch. 6. , Chakrabarty, Habitations of Modernity. See Ranajit Guha, History at the Limit of World-History. New Delhi (OUP) 2003; Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe. See Partha Chatterjee, “Anderson’s Utopia”. Grounds of Comparison: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson. Ed. Jonathan Culler & Pheng Cheah. New York & London (Routledge) 2003: 161—171; Homi K. Bhabha, “DissemiNation: Time, Narrative, and the Margins of the Modern Nation”.

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