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Love and Revolution in the Twentieth-Century Colonial and Postcolonial World

Perspectives from South Asia and Southern Africa

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  • Offers new ways of understanding the shifts in global traditions of emancipation over two centuries.
  • Takes a unique approach, using affect theories to interrogate political histories.
  • Chapters explore how love enables nationalism but also how these feelings became sources of disappointment after the birth of the nation

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements (PSHSM)

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This book addresses emancipatory narratives from two main sites in the colonial world, the Indian and southern African subcontinents. Exploring how love and revolution interrelate, this volume is unique in drawing on theories of affect to interrogate histories of the political, thus linking love and revolution together. The chapters engage with the affinities of those who live with their colonial pasts: crises of expectations, colonial national convulsions, memories of anti-colonial solidarity, even shared radical libraries. It calls attention to the specific and singular way in which notions of ‘love of the world’ were born in a precise moment of anti-colonial struggle: a love of the world for which one would offer one’s life, and for which there had been little precedent in the history of earlier revolutions. It thus offers new ways of understanding the shifts in global traditions of emancipation over two centuries.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Intensities: Writing/Aesthetic/Cinematic

Reviews

"This book brings love to a history of social movements … and contributing to sociological discussions of emotion in political movements. … The rich case studies … offer much to think with that will satisfy readers looking both for histories of emotion and for possibilities for deco­lonial futures. … the intersection of histories of emotion with South Asian and African histories offers a welcome addition to a growing history of global feelings.” (Katie Barclay, Emotions: History, Culture, Society, Vol. 6 (1), 2022)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

    G. Arunima

  • Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

    Patricia Hayes, Premesh Lalu

About the editors

G. Arunima is Professor in the Centre for Women’s Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She has researched and published on both historical and modern contexts in India, focusing particularly on cultural, visual and material texts, and rethinking the politics of the contemporary.

Patricia Hayes is a National Research Foundation and South African Research Chair of Visual History and Theory at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She has published extensively on history and colonial and documentary photography in southern Africa. 

Premesh Lalu is Convenor of the Communicating the Humanities project at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. As one of the founding directors of the Centre for Humanities Research, he has raised the profile of the humanities both in the university and nationally. His publications addresscolonial archives, violence, and more recently, aesthetics and the technical becoming of the human.




Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Love and Revolution in the Twentieth-Century Colonial and Postcolonial World

  • Book Subtitle: Perspectives from South Asia and Southern Africa

  • Editors: G. Arunima, Patricia Hayes, Premesh Lalu

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-79580-1

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-79579-5Published: 28 October 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-79582-5Published: 29 October 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-79580-1Published: 27 October 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6559

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6567

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 366

  • Number of Illustrations: 24 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Imperialism and Colonialism, Social History, Labor History, Political History

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