Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

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Imagining India from the Margins: Liberalism and Hybridity in Late Colonial India
by Ghimire, Bishnu, Ph.D., Ohio University, 2012, 252; 10631071
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation offers a comparative study of E. M. Forster's A Passage to India (1924), Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable (1935), and Attia Hosain's Sunlight on a Broken Column (1961) as cases of cultural and political border-crossing in British India and proposes a philosophical affinity between Forster's liberal humanism and the colonial hybridity of Anand and Hosain: It argues that the liberal humanism of Forster's Indian writings prefigures the colonial hybridity of the two Indian writers from the next generation. The study also highlights the various forms of marginality that Forster, Anand, and Hosain occupy in connection with the British Empire and analyzes how the three critique colonialist discourse by systematically undoing its various tenets, including essentialist notions of difference and of cultural and racial identity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Snyder, Carey
Commitee: Duschinski, Haley, McLaughlin, Joseph, Negash, Ghirmai
School: Ohio University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Comparative literature, Modern literature, Asian literature, Asian Studies, Literature, British and Irish literature, South Asian Studies, Aesthetics
Keywords: Hybridity, Irony, Late colonial India, Liberal humanism, Post colonial, The Rraj
Publication Number: 10631071
ISBN: 9780355013702
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