Writing the nation's destiny: Indian fiction in English before 1910

Tickell, Alex (2005). Writing the nation's destiny: Indian fiction in English before 1910. Third World Quarterly, 26(3) pp. 525–541.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01436590500033917

Abstract

The paper examines the representation of proto-national identity in Indian-English fiction before the formative nationalist novels of the 1920s and 1930s. Questioning theoretical connections between Indian-English fiction and the secularism of the Nehruvian national project, my essay argues that primordialist nationalism and culturally transacted concepts of communal/racial identity were key elements in the political imagining of early Indian fiction in English. The primary texts under discussion include Sarath Kumar Ghosh's 'The Prince of Destiny' and S. M. Mitra's 'Hindupore'.

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