This chapter will explain the key aims of the book in addition to clarifying its methodology. The overall purpose of the book is to examine through the lives and works of canonical authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the encounter between the colonizers and the colonized in India. This encounter was marked not just by the exercise of power and of various kinds of resistance to power, but also by the struggle for autonomy and selfhood, the aspiration for svaraj and dignity. Always, such a struggle is not just about changing material conditions and structures of being, but also about the creation of a new consciousness. Talking about such a consciousness is only possible through some type or the other of translation or multilingualism, in which more than one set of terms or discursive styles will have to be engaged with. Finally, a successful marking of issues and insights will produce a third space that is neither colonizer nor colonized, neither oppressor nor oppressed, neither victimizer nor victim, but something else that defies such binary categories.


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  • Makarand R. Paranjape
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  1. 1.Centre for English Studies School of Language, Literature, and Culture StudiesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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