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Autobiography, Travel and Postnational Identity: Narratives of Selfhood in Gandhi, Nehru and Iqbal

Author:
Majeed, Javed

ISBN:
978 1 4039 8595 8
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
344
List price(s):
85.00 USD
55.00 GBP

Publication date:
25 January 2007

Short description: 

Examines concepts of travel in the autobiographies of leading Indian nationalists in order to show how nationalism is grounded in notions of individual selfhood, and how the writing of autobiography, fused with the genre of the travelogue, played a key role in formulating the complex tie between interiority and nationality in South Asia.

Full description: 

This book examines concepts of travel in the autobiographies of leading Indian nationalists in order to show how nationalism is grounded in notions of individual selfhood, and how the writing of autobiography, fused with the genre of the travelogue, played a key role in formulating the complex tie between interiority and nationality in South Asia.

Table of contents: 

Acknowledgements - Introduction - Native Travelees - Nationalism's Travelling Autobiographies and Indian Travelogues - Travel and Modernity - A Strange and Uncharted Land - The Aporia of Muslim Nationalism - Gandhi's Vulnerability - Gandhi, 'Truth' and Translatability - A Reluctant Admission of the Reality of the Self - Conclusion - Bibliography

Biography: 

JAVED MAJEED is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary College, University of London, UK. His previous publications include Ungoverned Imaginings: James Mill's 'The History of British India' and Orientalism (1992) and with Christopher Shackle Hali's Musaddas: the Flow and Ebb of Islam (1997).

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