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The Gendered Nation
Contemporary Writings from South Asia

First Edition


March 2004 | 260 pages | SAGE India
While postcolonial creative writing in English has come of age in South Asia, scholarly examination of this rich body of writing has remained largely confined to the narrow domain of literary criticism. This unusual and well-written book instead foregrounds issues relating to identity, nationalism and gender in contemporary literary writing. To do so, the author has analysed select works which are located within and grapple with four recent periods which have played a significant role in refashioning the nations in the region: the Emergency in India; the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka; the secession of Bangladesh; and Zia-ul-Haq`s regime in Pakistan.

In examining the literary representation of these critical junctures, Neluka Silva draws upon key aspects of postcolonial, nationalist and feminist theory, which have influenced both the understanding of the concerned episodes and the literary productions of the authors selected. By providing an implicit comparative frame of reference, the author succeeds in suggesting ways in which certain choices reinforce or subvert established power relations in the fraught arena of nationalist politics in the four South Asian countries.
 
Introduction
Critical Moments: Nationalism and Gender in South Asia  
 
`India Is Indira'
Fictionalising Indira Gandhi's Politics, the Emergence and Nationalism  
 
`Gendering' the Nation
Literary Representations of Contemporary Sri Lankan Politics  
 
The Politics of Liberation
Resistance and After in Literary Texts of Bangladesh  
 
Islam, Politics and Marginal Groups
Representations of Zia-ul-Haq's Regime in Literature  
 
Conclusion: Literary Texts as Empowering Sites for Change
 
Index

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Neluka Silva

Neluka Silva is Head, Department of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, UK, and holds an Advanced Diploma in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University, Sweden. She has written articles for local and international journals on the issues of gender, identity, nationalism and peace in cultural production. Her previous books are Across Cultures: Issues of Identity in Contemporary British and Sri Lankan Writing (coedited); Feminists Under Fire: Exchanges Across War Zones (coedited); and The Hybrid Island: Culture Crossings and the Invention of Identity in Sri Lanka ... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761932031
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