Author: Amiya P SenPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 133ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195695038
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s writings, in many ways, determined the intellectual and cultural content of modern Hinduism and Hindu nationalism. They also contributed significantly to the critical self-consciousness of the English-educated Indian middle classes. Most importantly, Bankim Chandra was one of the earliest writers to have dealt with the Indian response to the moral and intellectual challenges posed by the West. This critical biography presents an insightful analysis of Bankim Chandra’s life, thought, and works. Amiya P. Sen discusses how Bankim Chandra’s writings influenced the nascent Indian nationalism of the late nineteenth century, but with paradoxical results. On the one hand, Bankim Chandra asserted a distinctively Hindu identity, which produced a bonding based on shared religious sentiments. On the other, his evocative use of Hindu religious idioms and symbols diluted the very substance of the unity he envisaged for the nation by antagonizing non-Hindus. This book analyses the predominant themes in Bankim’s writings and also details his impact on the development of Bengali language press and literature. Including two appendices on his life and major writings, and a readings list, this volume will be informative reading for students and teachers of modern Indian history and politics, as well as general readers.
PrefaceSituating Bankim ChandraA Life Lived in FullnessBankim Chandra and the Birth of New Bengali Press and LiteratureRedefining Religion in a Modern WorldThe Nation as Mother: Bankim Chandra and Advancing Hindu NationalismThe Last YearsAppendicesChronology of EventsChronological List of Major Literary WorksSuggested Readings