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Writing The West : Representations from Indian Languages

Writing The West : Representations from Indian Languages
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Item Code: IDG544
Author: C.Vijayasree
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8126019441
Pages: 229
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.7" X 5.7"

About the Book :

This volume explores how the 'West' has been written into Indian literary texts and other cultural productions. The twelve essays included here, written by literary critics, cultural historians and film theorists, examine patterns in India's perception and creative representation of the West each focusing on a specific linguistic context: Asamiya, Bangla, Hindi, Oriya, Telugu and Urdu besides Indian writing in English Though dealing with different regions and languages, most of these papers demonstrate the limits of contemporary postcolonial theorizations and urge the need for a reconceptualization of the theories of colonial encounter in order to account for the ways in which India imagined and imaged the West and its civilization.

About the Author:

C. Vijayasree is literary critic and translator. She is the author Mulk Raj Anand: The Raj and the Writer, Suniti Namjoshi: An artiful Transgressor and has co-edited Roberi Browning 2000 and Remapping Cultures: Nobel Laureates of the Last Decade. She has also edited the Telgu section of an anthology of short stories translated from South Indian languages under the title Routes and has translated Gurajada Appa Rao's kanyasulkam into English (co-translated with T.Vijay Kumar). She has completed a major translation studies project called interface for the British Council. Recently, she has co-edited along with Bh. Krishnamurti Gold Nuggets: an anthology of Post-independence Telgu Short Stories for Sahitya Akademi. She is currently Professor of English at Osmania University

CONTENTS
Introductionvii
1.The Image of the West in Asamiya Literature: 1857-1947
Tilottoma Misra
1
2.The West Turned 'Upside Down' in Bengali Satire
Sumanta Banerjee
24
3. "May the Sindoor on the Lips Never Perish" :
The 'West' in Colonial Humour
Jasodhara Bagchi

39
4.Imaging the Real: Reading the 19th Century in Bangla
Mahasweta Sengupta
59
5.The Virtuous Woman in the Ideal Home:
Female Identity and the Conduct Book Tradition in Orissa
Sachidananda Mohanty

72
6. 'The White Lady' Love Stories
C. Vijayasree
84
7.Splitting the West: Gurajada's Kanyasulkam
T.Vijay Kumar
97
8.Trespassing the Binary Between Modernity and Tradition:
Vishwanatha Satyanarayana and Gudipati Venkata Chalam
A. Raghuramaraju
109
9."For Reasons of Their Own": The Image of the 'West' in the Colonial Period
C.N. Ramachandran
128
10.The West in the 19th Century Imagination:
Some Reflections on the Transition from Persianate Knowledge system to the Template of urdu and English
M.Asaduddin
138
11.Empire Builders/ Empire Breakers : Early Indian Nationalists in Africa
Mala Pandurang
162
12. 'Breaching the Divide' - A Post-Colonial Study of
Two Films: Reading Images from Junoon(1978)
and Lagaan (2001)
Prem Chowdhry
176
Contributors212

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