The Open UniversitySkip to content

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 (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


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'.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2005 Third World Quarterly
ISSN: 0143-6597
Keywords: nationalism, Hindu nationalism, identity, Indian fiction, terrorism, Sarath Kumar Ghosh, S. M. Mitra.
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > English
Related URLs:
Item ID: 28762
Depositing User: Alex Tickell
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2011 08:17
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:24
Share this page:


Scopus Citations

▼ Automated document suggestions from open access sources

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340