By Diana Dimitrova, Thomas de Bruijn
This booklet brings jointly numerous very important essays reading the interface among identification, tradition, and literature in the factor of cultural id in South Asian literature. The e-book explores how one imagines nationwide id and the way this idea is published within the narratives of the state and the creation of assorted cultural discourses. the gathering of essays examines questions relating to the translation of the Indian earlier and current, the meanings of historical and honored cultural symbols in precedent days and glossy, whereas discussing the ideological implications of the translation of identification and “Indianness” and the way they mirror and effect the power-structures of latest societies in South Asia. hence, the ebook experiences a few of the points of the on-going technique of developing, imagining, re-imagining, and narrating “Indianness”, as printed within the literatures and cultures of India.
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The constitutive principle of his arguments is the fundamental opposition between India and the West. The major dichotomy with regard to India is thus that between pre-colonial India on the one hand side and colonial and postcolonial India on the other. 3 One of Varma’s main points regarding colonial rule in India is the historization of India by the West. This historization, according to Varma, violates one of the basic properties of Indian civilization. Speaking as an over-individual, collective kind of Indian self, Varma states: What is historically given to an Englishman, or to a German by the sense of past, a conscious awareness of ‘tradition’, is something which I lack; I don’t remember what I was, because I live and remember in the present, which has always been.
Here, the term is obviously used in two distinct ways—were it not so, the repetition would be pointless and tautological. In ‘Indian Literature’, ‘Indian’ is an attribute denoting topographical and cultural origin and belonging. There is nothing contested or problematic about this literature being called Indian; it simply marks off literature of Indian from literature of non-Indian origin. The ‘Indianness’ of the title, by contrast, is conceived as a matter of debate. It is highly marked, as its opposite would be ‘Un-Indian’ rather than ‘non- Indian’, the English negative form being more explicit here than the positive.