Imagining Indianness

Cultural Identity and Literature

  • Diana Dimitrova
  • Thomas de Bruijn

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology book series (PSLA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Indianness, Literature and Culture: A Critical Perspective

  3. Indian Cultural Identity and the Crisis of Modernity: Reworking of Myth and Tradition

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 163-166

About this book


This book brings together several important essays examining the interface between identity, culture, and literature within the issue of cultural identity in South Asian literature. The book explores how one imagines national identity and how this concept is revealed in the narratives of the nation and the production of various cultural discourses. The collection of essays examines questions related to the interpretation of the Indian past and present, the meanings of ancient and venerated cultural symbols in ancient times and modern, while discussing the ideological implications of the interpretation of identity and “Indianness” and how they reflect and influence the power-structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Thus, the book studies the various aspects of the on-going process of constructing, imagining, re-imagining, and narrating “Indianness”, as revealed in the literatures and cultures of India.


Cultural Identity South Asian Literature Indian Culture National Identity Post-colonial Theories

Editors and affiliations

  • Diana Dimitrova
    • 1
  • Thomas de Bruijn
    • 2
  1. 1.MontrealCanada
  2. 2.LeidenThe Netherlands

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